Tomato-Orange Beef Patties and Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake.


Tomato-Orange Beef Patties.
Tomato-Orange Beef Patties, served over a bed of egg noodles, and paired with peas and cottage cheese.

This was a new recipe for a recent menu plan (in fact, over half of the recipes in that plan were new!), and this is definitely a keeper! The taste combination is not one I would have paired myself, but it was wonderfully tangy on the tongue.

I’ll change things up *just* a smidge the next time I make it, but I’ll include some prep pictures and the recipe behind a cut.

Tomato-Orange Beef Patties

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 29oz. can diced tomatoes (or 4 whole tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped small)

Shape beef into eight oval patties. In a large skillet, cook patties with onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a greased 9×13″ baking dish.

In a large saucepan (mine was 1-1/2 quarts, and it *barely* fit – go bigger!), melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in orange juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in tomatoes. Pour over beef patties. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Yield: 8 servings

Cooking the onions and beef patties together.
Cooking the onions and beef patties together.
** Note: I used the ringlets from (1) large onion, and I felt that was plenty in the skillet. The recipe actually called for (3) onions, but I don’t think I could have effectively cooked/pressed the patties with that much of an “onion bed” underneath them in the skillet. As it was, I was using my professional 12-cup volume skillet to start with!

Simmering the orange juice/vinegar mixture.
Simmering the orange juice/vinegar mixture.

Tomato-Orange sauce.
Tomato-Orange sauce, thickening.
** Note: I think the texture and sauce flavor would be better with a bit more “sauce” next time. As such, instead of a 29oz. can of diced tomatoes, I intend to use a 15oz. can of tomato sauce with a 15oz. can of diced tomatoes.


Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake.
Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake.

This was a tasty, VERY BUTTERY new cake shared on FaceBook by an old friend of mine, Char Scheuermann. She didn’t have a picture, but her description sounded too yummy not to test it out. I’m so glad I did, and it was the perfect complement to our meal!

Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake

Bottom layer:

  • 1 pkg. plain yellow cake mix (I used Butter Golden)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg

Mix these items together with an electric mixer; combine to form a ball. With your fingertips, press the batter evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking dish.

Top layer:

  • 8oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Use the same “dirty” bowl/mixer to beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and butter; mix until combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Place chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt over very low heat. Measure out 1 cup of cream cheese topping and fold into the melted chocolate chips; stir until well-combined and all one color.

Pour cream cheese topping over the bottom layer of cake in pan. Drop spoonfuls of chocolate topping over this. Swirl with a dinner knife to give a beautiful, marbled effect.

Bake at 350° for 45-47 minutes, until the cake is well-browned, but the center still jiggles when you shake the pan. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

The cake, straight out of the oven.
** Note: the cake was definitely a bit jiggly in the center, but it firmed right up while we ate dinner and made room for dessert. Also, the surface of the cake was crackly and flaky, more like a brownie texture than that of a cake. Neat!

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