Friday, June 17, 2011

Visit to the Freezer part 1

So with another future person on the way, Thatboy are moving to a place with a little more space. Which means that I'm trying to be good about using up the food in our freezer and pantry before the big move next month.

This morning I took inventory of the top shelf of our freezer:
pork tenderloin
ground lamb
roast beef
strawberry popsicles
frozen chocolate covered bananas
chocolate chip bread

I'm trying to come up with creative meal ideas using these ingredients (and then I can move on to the bottom shelf - I'm trying not to get ahead of myself here.)

But when push comes to shove, I foresee Thatboy and I eating a lot of sandwiches this week - roast beef sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, and I can't think of an easier way to use up lamb than lamb burgers. Although, to be fair, quite often I don't need the extra bun associated with "burgers." Flavorful lamb patties speak for themselves.

I add a little extra to the mix- like chopped tomato and rosemary. Kind of a cross between a meatball and burger. But it adds some sweetness to a rich meat.

Lamb Patties/Burgers
1/2 lb ground lamb
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 spring rosemary, finely chopped
1 tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 egg white
1 Tbsp butter
  1. Combine all ingredients but butter.
  2. Shape into patties
  3. Melt the butter in a skillet and fry patties 5 minutes per side.


  1. I love a good lamb burger, so many possibilities!!!

  2. I can take the frozen bananas and chocolate chip bread off your hands! We move in 2 weeks and there is no way I'm going to be able to get through everything in the fridge/freezer/pantry by then :(

  3. I am in desperate need of cleaning out my freezer, too, to make room for the coming summer produce I want to put up.

  4. Woah...I am behind the times. Just catching up here. You're pregnant?!! Congratulations. I can't find the original announcement on your blog. I just told R, he says, "Oh yeah? Congratulations."

    Sorry to be so behind on your feed. I'm still trying to catch up after being away.

  5. You want to come use up the meat in my freezer also? Because I can't foresee myself using it anytime in the near future :P

    Lamb burgers are definitely the way to go when it comes to lamb!

  6. I adore lamb patties and your recipe is right on the mark. These will be delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. I am not a big fan of lamb but will definitely try this out for my Quay Lo and my son. Way to go to clear up the freezer before the big move:D

  8. You are really have some inspired lamb dishes. I love it. You have motivated me to get creative with my freezer. What a good way to use what you have!

  9. I don't eat a lot of meat, but lamb is by far my favorite. These look wonderful.

  10. That's a good use of your freezer ingredients and just noticed your header, it's interesting and funny :)

  11. Excellent use of freezer ingredients! I can't wait to see what the new place looks like.'re going to post a few pics, right?