Sum Gum

Sum Gum

Sum Gum is a simple and delicious combination of ground beef, green beans, rice, and Asian inspired seasonings, and it’s a perfect simple supper.    The best part is that it can all be prepared in one skillet, as long as you have some leftover rice in the refrigerator.  I love meals that don’t make a big mess, and they’re a real winner when my family likes it.   This recipe definitely fit the bill.

Where did this recipe for Sum Gum come from?

I previously posted about my friend, Vicki, and a favorite food memory from her childhood, a dish that her mother called Sum Gum.  I tried to make a variation of this recipe in the early days of Patty Cake’s Pantry, but it wasn’t quite right.  In fact, the beef and green bean teriyaki recipe that I posted earlier this year was another attempt to recreate this dish for her.   That recipe, like our first attempt at Sum Gum, wasn’t quite right.  It’s taken almost three years, but I’ve finally perfected her childhood favorite.  It turns out that I was making this recipe too complicated.  When I simplified the ingredients, and the cooking instructions, we had a winner.

What you will need to prepare Sum Gum:

From the Refrigerator:

  • Ground Beef

From the Pantry:

  • Cut Green Beans
  • Soy Sauce
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Black Pepper
  • White Rice

Sum Gum

In case this recipe, or it’s name, offends anyone, we would like to apologize.  This recipe is so named “Sum Gum” because that’s what Vicki’s Mom called in in the 1970’s.  It’s not authentic Asian cuisine, but is is authentic to the type of home cooked meal someone would make in the middle of the 20th century,  It’s also good eats. (Aplogies to Alton Brown, again.)

Give our recipe for Sum Gum a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Sum Gum
Recipe type: Dinner Entree, One pan meal
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Serves: 6
This simple combination of ground beef, green beans, rice, and seasoning is a simple and satisfying one dish meal. This recipe is at its easiest when made from leftover cooked rice because if the rice is already cooked, everything can be made in one pan, and that makes after dinner clean up simple. TOTAL COST OF RECIPE: $5.96 or $0.99 per serving
  • 1 pound lean ground beef ($4.96)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans ($0.50)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce ($0.31)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic ($0.03)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice cooked with 2 cups of water (or 2 cups leftover cooked white rice) ($0.14)
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. While the rice is cooking, brown ground beef in a skillet.
  3. Drain excess fat
  4. Add canned green beans along with the canning liquid to the ground beef.
  5. Add soy sauce. black pepper, and granulated garlic.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add rice to pan with ground beef and green bean mixture.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Continue to simmer, stirring frequently until mixture is thoroughly combined and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  10. Serve with extra soy sauce which can be added to taste.

 Sum Gum--ground beef, green beans, and rice are the base of this simple and delicious meal.

Nutrition Grade:  A

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.0g
Saturated Fat 1.9g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 68mg
Sodium 655mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.5g
Dietary Fiber 2.9g
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 27.1g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 4%
Iron 92%

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