Brown Gunk With Chopped Brains

Sep 15, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. ET

If you are hoping to get some "proper food" into your kids before they dive into their candy, this should really appeal. It's actually ground beef cooked with onions to make a sloppy brown gravy. Cooked broccoli florets serve as chopped brains.

For the brown gunk:
4 tablespoons salted butter
2 pounds ground beef (17 percent) fat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 cups beef bouillon (homemade or a good quality canned bouillon is best)

For the chopped brains:
1 pound broccoli florets
4 tablespoons salted butter

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet.

2. Add onions. Fry gently for 5 to 10 minutes until soft.

3. Add the ground beef and fry, stirring occasionally, until browned (about 15 minutes).

4. Add the beef stock, and cook over a medium heat for 10 to 20 minutes until the stock reduces and thickens slightly to make a rich gravy.

5. Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Drain, and chop the florets finely. Place the broccoli in a bowl and mix in the butter until it melts. Serve the brown gunk with the chopped gooey brains sprinkled over the top.

Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings.

Per serving: 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g protein, 25g fat, 87mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 322 calories