Ok, I know that sounds gross. Just think of them as chicken fingers, just with ground beef instead and not fried. You can call them meat sticks if it makes you more comfortable. Anywho, I had some ground beef that needed to be used. We didn’t really want to make hamburgers or spaghetti and didn’t have much else in the house to be creative with. I had Parmesan cheese and some condiments. That was about it. So, here’s what I came up with: MEAT FINGERS. I apologize in advance for the crappy picture quality. My camera battery is dead, so cell phone pictures is what you get.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 scant cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 400. Throw all of the stuff in a bowl and mix it together. Might as well use your hands. Go ahead. Get ’em dirty.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form fingers/sticks/whatever you want to call them out of the meat mixture. In reality, they’re almost like little mini-meatloaves. Bake them for about 15 minutes. I wasn’t very diligent about checking the time, so that’s just an estimate.
Bug will tell you that his meat fingers were awesome… as were his rice & asparagus. And, not only did he enjoy them, but Hubby & I did as well. This is a super simple dinner that can be tailored to whatever you have in the fridge. Totally doable with cheddar & ketchup. Or maybe gouda and honey mustard. Actually, that sounds awesome. I might have to try that next!
*Side note – this is the first time Bug has actually consumed asparagus. We cook it the same way every time (baked with olive oil & salt). Each of the dozen times he’s tried it, he takes a bite and says “ewww, gross.” For some reason, though, tonight he devoured it. Ahhh, the way kids eat.