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Fargo, 58102
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

In this week's Eating Well column, I'd like to place the focus on recipes from three high school students who captured first, second and third place honors in the North Dakota High School Beef Challenge contest held recently at Dickinson. The event is promoted annually as a project of the North Dakota Cattle Women in cooperation with the North Dakota Beef Commission.

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The recipes were provided by Joan Blegen of West Fargo who regularly promotes the activity of the District 7 CattleWomen's group, serving as their public information chairperson.

First place winner for preparing "Hamburger Stuffed Cabbage Rolls" was Alex Weltz of Watford City High School; second place honors went to Samantha Landsiedel of Magic City High School, Minot, for her "Bacon Wrapped Burgers"; while Samantha Hanson and Danielle Vlaminck of Harvey High School, captured the third place award for their "Western BBQ Hamburger Wraps."

I have not personally prepared any of these recipes, but am anxious to do so. The Cabbage Rolls sound uniquely perfect, paired with chips, for casual entertaining; while the Spicy Burgers or Western Hamburger Wraps might be the perfect menu entrées to prepare for Mom on her big day this weekend, accompanied by either homemade pasta or potato salad.

I'm always seeking out new recipes and would welcome favorites that I could feature in my column from any of you out there willing to share. Anyone wishing to do so should please feel free to contact me at my email address below.

Until next time, from my kitchen to yours, happy cooking!

Hamburger Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

1 lb. ground beef

1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

3/4 cup finely shredded cabbage

1/2 cup minced white onion

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

2 tsp. seasoning salt

2 tsp. paprika

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. pepper

1 pkg. frozen dinner rolls, thawed

Egg wash: 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. milk, combined

Thaw dinner rolls and let them rise to 1 1/2 times in size. Combine beef, cabbage and onion in a skillet over medium heat. When beef is brown and the vegetables are soft, add remaining ingredients except for the 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Reduce heat and allow to simmer. While the flavors are blending, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Flatten slightly risen dinner rolls on a greased sheet of wax paper. Place 2 Tbsp. of ground beef mixture on flattened roll. Fold opposite sides together and crimp. Repeat with the two remaining sides. Place on greased baking sheet with crimp side down. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper on top of each roll.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with your favorite potato chips.

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10 rolls

Nutritional facts per roll: 210 calories. 7 grams total fat.

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Burgers

1 lb. ground beef

6 slices beef bacon

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 egg

1 Tbsp. catsup

2 Tbsp. hot chicken wing sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

6 split hamburger buns

Preheat grill on high heat. In a large bowl, mix Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, catsup, hot wing sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble in ground beef and mix together by hand.

Form six patties and wrap a slice of bacon around each patty, securing bacon with a toothpick. Grill for about 5 minutes, until well done. Remove toothpicks before serving on slightly toasted hamburger buns.

Preparation time: 60 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Western BBQ Hamburger Wraps

1 lb. ground beef

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup BBQ sauce

½ cup ketchup

1 tsp. chili powder

1 egg yolk

1 can corn

9 slices bacon, chopped

1 8 ounce package pepper Jack cheese, sliced

5 pkgs. (8 ounce) crescent rolls

Chop bacon into one inch pieces, fry and drain grease. Mix together ground beef, onions, corn, and fried bacon. Make into small patties (1 ½ inch diameter). Grill the burgers to medium-well, remove patties from grill. Mix together ketchup, BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Put a slice of cheese and sauce on each patty. Press together two crescent rolls, make into a circle. Place a patty in the center of each circle and pinch sides together. Whisk together one egg yolk and 1 tsp. water to make an egg wash. Brush on rolls. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Drizzle more sauce over the top.

Preparation time: 90 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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