I am a cheap ass…well, that sounds bad. I don’t leave crappy tips or anything…so maybe I should rename myself thrift-ass. I don’t like to pay full price for clothes and I most certainly don’t want to spend more than I have to on good quality food. I understand “You get what you pay for.”, but that doesn’t mean I have to constantly pay for the pricer cuts of meat. Thai Basil Beef is usually made with flank steak, which, sure, it’s not the moooost expensive cut, at around $10-12/lb, but when you’re feeding 2 carnivores that try to eat mostly grass-fed animals, that sh*t adds up fast. So I’ve made a thrift-ass version of Thai Basil Beef using ground beef.
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 lbs ground beef (preferably 80/20)
- 1/2 c almond flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 roasted red pepper, about 1/3 c, chopped
- 1/4 c wheat-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 t fish sauce
- 1 t sriracha, chile sauce or hot sauce
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 lime, zested
Preheat your oven 400ºF.
In a small skillet, heat up a teaspoon or 2 of your fat of choice and saute the garlic until it’s golden, but not brown.
In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients (except the beef). Now add the beef and mix well, making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Portion out the mixture, using a cookie scoop, onto a parchment or silicone/silpat lined baking sheet.
Pop in the oven until cooked through, and the tops have slightly browned (you may need to switch to broil), about 20-30 minutes.