Wednesday, 29 October 2014

... For Nothing!

Didcha sing today?

I always have a tune or two on auto rewind in my head. Yesterday it was 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits - love the electric intro... 'That's the way you do it... '

Today I was romatici-sing to Luis Miguel's 'Perfidia'. oh... you've not heard of him? Same here.
I stumbled across his 'Mis Boleros Favoritos' album years ago at a CD shop (yes, these are rare nowadays) that was playing it at full blast. I bought it on the spot!

He's got this stretchy swoony voice that makes me sway & daydream...

What does this have to do with cooking, you ask? Nothing really... it's just that I still can't get 'Money for Nothing' outta my head from yesterday & I need company. Bet you're now stuck with 'We gotta install microwave ovens, Custom kitchen deliveray-ies, We gotta move these refrigerators...'

Plus, you know you're itching to check out Luis on Youtube! Heh Heh Heh

Music makes Life a Party and one of my favorite party foods is Burgers! Lamb Burgers in particular! Love them! You should make burgers at home - SO very much cheaper... it's almost Burgers For Nothing! (You can also substitute the patty with spicy 'otak-otak' for a change)

Here's my recipe - promise me you'll make them this weekend... 'I want my, I want my MTV... '

p/s: Throw in my nice Ham & Garlic Potatoes (see 'Throw it NOW!') & it'll be a Super meal.

Lamb Burgers
Prepare the uncooked lamb patties 2 to 3 days in advance for best taste!

Slurpy Burgers are the BEST!

Lamb patties (recipe below)
Hamburger buns, medium size
Mayonnaise (i use Hellman's)
Chopped dill pickle
Sweet & sour chilli sauce [i use Lingham’s (regular)]
Black pepper, freshly grated
Tomatoes, sliced
Onions, sliced

Heat up a bit of olive oil in a stainless steel or cast iron frying pan on medium to high heat. Do not use a non-stick pan (patties turn out not so tasty).

Fry each patty for 1 to 2 mins on each side (depends on how you like your meat cooked).

When flipping over, make sure the spatula picks up the whole patty (or it may break up as no egg and only a small amount of breadcrumbs is used).

Rest the patty for 3 mins.

Place the cooked patty on the bottom half of a bun.

Serving suggestion: Layer in this order – mayonnaise, dill, chilli sauce, black pepper, tomato, onion, lettuce.

Put on the top ‘hat’ of the bun and Enjoy! :)

Lamb patties - makes 4 thin (or 2 med) patties.
Amounts are approximate; adjust to your taste

300 g minced lamb (with some fat)
1 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp Vintage cheddar cheese (or Parmesan), finely grated & kept in fridge till needed
¼ tsp white pepper
⅛ tsp salt
Update: Plonk & mix in about ¼ tsp of English mustard & ½ onion (chopped) – gets tastier!

Using a shallow bowl, spread out the minced lamb.

Layer evenly over the lamb in this order – Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, cheese.

Using a metal spoon, mix gently & thoroughly**(see below). Divide into 4.

Update: For a juicier burger, leave it as one big chunk and shape them before frying. Cover tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap.

Take one portion & shape into a round, flat patty (they will shrink when fried, so shape it bigger).

Cling wrap each patty and stack them up in a small, shallow bowl.

Cover the entire bowl with two layers of clingwrap (the idea here is to minimise moisture loss).

Leave to marinate in the fridge (front or middle area) for 2-3 days.

** Pan fry a small bit and adjust Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper, to taste.

Celebrate with Burgers!

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