Fall Flavored Ground Beef


I wasn’t exactly sure what to label this and I apologize for the less than stellar pictures.  I was struggling with my light!  As I’ve mentioned some days are a battle with my camera.

Anyway, here I made a ground beef stir fry with lots of fresh woodsy herbs from the garden.  Rosemary, sage, and thyme with a bit of cinnamon.  Such a good flavor profile going on, so good I wanted to share despite the pics.  I also threw in some bacon, onion, celery, and apple.  Josh loved this and so did I.  My mouth is watering just thinking about how good it was.  Ahh and I almost forgot, pine nuts!  I toasted some quickly on the stove and added them in at the last minute.  A perfect compliment and addition to the smoky bacon, sweet apple, and earthy herbs.


I served this ground beef dish with my roasted delicata squash from the previous post.  You can switch it up and serve this in baked acorn squash or with mashed potatoes, sweet or white.  Or in a hash with roasted vegetables (brussel sprouts/parsnips) and a fried egg on top.  As you can see there are plenty of possibilities to be made here.  I will be revisiting this dish soon!

Fall Flavored Ground Beef

Fall Flavored Ground Beef

Ground beef with lots of fall flavors - rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon, apple, celery, bacon, and pine nuts! A party in your mouth :)


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 2 stalks celery chopped small
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped small
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • s&p
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Continue to cook stirring often until bacon is starting to crisp. Drain off excess grease leaving just a bit with the bacon.
  2. Add the onion and celery to the bacon. Season with s&p and continue to cook for 5-8 minutes until onion is soft. Add apple and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove mixture from pan and set aside.
  3. Add ground beef to the pan. Season with s&p and brown. Once about cooked through stir in the rosemary, thyme, sage, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Meanwhile heat up a small pan over low heat. Add the pine nuts and lightly brown. Watch as they will go from lightly browned to burnt very fast!
  5. Add the bacon onion mixture back to the beef and heat through. Stir in most of the pine nuts.
  6. Serve topped with the remaining pine nuts.


As I mentioned in the post there are plenty of ways to serve this.. - in roasted acorn squash - with mashed sweet or white potatoes - with a roasted vegetable hash - with a fried egg on top



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