photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground beef
2/3 ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Crumble beef over mixture, and mix well. Shape into 8 small loaves; place in a greased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dish. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake uncovered at 350° for 45 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°.

The Ingolds have been farming in Randolph County for generations. In 1990, the family started raising Santa Gertrudis cattle. A few years ago, Patricia Ingold-Wright, who runs the farm with her parents and brothers, realized that many shoppers at the farm’s store on Ross Harris Road in Asheboro stayed away from certain cuts of meat because they were uncertain how to cook them. So she published Beef Made Easy, a collection of her family’s favorite beef dishes.

The cookbook offers 50 pages of recipes for steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew beef, ribs, and liver, as well as useful tips on how to best prepare different cuts.

Cookbooks are available at the Ingold Farms store at 793 Ross Harris Road in Asheboro. Or to order a copy, call (336) 625-8481 or email

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.