Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spoon hamburger and food traditions in families

Have you ever heard of spoon hamburger? That is one of the things we had today at a family gathering at my in-laws' house.

spoon hamburger

spoon hamburger

spoon hamburger

Here is a recipe for it from They call it spoon burgers though and my mother-in-law doesn't use hot fat in it.


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2 lbs. ground beef
2 tbsp. hot fat
2/3 c. onion, chopped
2 tbsp. catsup
1 tbsp. mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cans condensed chicken gumbo

Brown beef in hot fat in 10 inch skillet over direct low heat. Add onion to meat and cook until onion is nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Stir remaining ingredients into above. Cover skillet and simmer over direct heat 30 minutes. Spoon on hamburger buns. 8 spoon burgers.


My mother-in-law explained that she started making this because my husband and his sister don't like barbecue sauce or the flavor of sloppy joes. I grew up eating sloppy joes with kraft american cheese. I had never had anything like, nor had heard of spoon burger/hamburger until I met my husband's family.

My ex-fiance's family used to eat raw beef (the highest quality they could find) with vidalia onions at Christmas and other holidays. They would get so excited when they had raw beef and I was so disgusted.

Does your family make anything really different at their family gatherings? Our tradition is German Potato Salad. I love it and some of my sister-in-laws dislike it or just get sick of having it at family gatherings.

Here is my plate...taco salad, fruit, veggies, potato salad, spoon hamburger.

meal from July 31, 2011 at family gathering

Dessert was a peanut butter chocolate bar and a pb cookie.

peanut butter and chocolate bar, pb cookie

I had to relearn who was related to who at the party today because we only see these people once a year (they are my father-in-law's cousins). We talked about the German ancestors in this picture and who was who in it. The guy on the left is my husband's great grandfather.

family picture

This morning, I went to the gym and rowed, walked at a high incline on the treadmill, and lifted weights. I was so hungry when I got home and immediately knew what I wanted to make. I didn't want a very filling smoothie, so I used this whey protein powder I got a sample of from a order.

whey protein

I mixed it with skim milk and it was delicious! I would definitely buy a big container of this if I could find it in the store.

protein drink

Whenever I work out in the morning, I notice that I am so hungry! I wanted to eat everything in sight when I got home.

I need to sign off so I can call my sister who turned 50 today and wish her a happy birthday.

Have a good Sunday night.

1 comment:

  1. I love working out in the morning, but you're right - it makes ya so hungry!