I have no idea what aardvark tastes like, and I have no intention of finding out. No aardvarks were harmed in the creation of this recipe, and I actually have no idea why the recipe bears their name. It’s just good old-fashioned ground beef, folks, so don’t run away from me just yet.
Just for kicks though, while we are on the topic, here are a few fun facts about the little-known aardvark:
- Their closest living relatives are elephants. Go figure!
- They are NOT the same as anteaters.
- An aardvark’s claws are as strong as a pick ax.
- An aardvark can eat 50,000 termites in one night
(Sources here and here)
Okay, back to today’s recipe. Like I said, NO AARDVARK is involved. Let’s be very clear on that point. Aardvark pies are essentially bread cups filled with barbecue-flavored ground beef sprinkled with cheese. They are SO easy and cheap to make. Two of my college roommates used to make them for our apartment, and I’ve been enjoying them ever since. They probably are not going to win any prizes for being gourmet, but they are a quick and inexpensive kid-sized food that is sure to please the little ones in your life. Add a side of sweet potato fries and a big salad, and you’ve got yourself an easy weeknight meal!
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 20 refrigerator biscuits (2 packages)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffins cups with non-stick cooking spray.
- Brown ground beef with diced onion until cooked through. Drain. Add barbecue sauce.
- Flatten out refrigerator biscuits and press one biscuit into each muffin cup, covering the bottom and going up the sides about half way (It should look like a little bowl).
- Add a tablespoon or so of the meat mixture to each muffin cup. Then, sprinkle cheese on top.
- Bake 10-13 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown around the edges of the pie and cheese is melted.
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