Friday, January 07, 2011

Must find something to be Glad about!

Making a small amount of meat go further is just a matter of adding other ingredients to it. Here is a simple example: a beef (or lamb, ham, chicken, turkey...) burger. The recipe given today uses minced (raw) turkey, but other meats (and other additives to go with) can be substituted. Minced cooked meat could also be used. This will cut down the cooking time, but always make sure the burger is thoroughly heated through. thin burgers cook faster than thicker ones. It is not necessary to use the amount of meat in the recipe, use less and more of the remaining ingredients. This is another recipe that uses porridge oats. As well as helping to lower cholesterol, oats are quite high in protein and also soak up/take on the flavour of the meat used.
Most of the ingredients are prepared by mincing, grating or chopping, but there is no reason why the lot should not be put into a food processor and pulsed for a few seconds to give a finer texture (but not long enough to make it ultra-smooth).

Any Which Way Burgers: makes 8 - 10
2 tblsp sunflower oil
1 onion, grated or finely chopped
3 oz (75g) porridge oats
approx 1 lb (450g) minced turkey
3 oz (75g) no-soak apricots, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
Fry the onion in the oil for 5 minutes until softened, then transfer to a large bowl and leave to cool, leaving the remaining oil/onion juices in the pan. When the onions are cold, add the remaining ingredients, and - using clean hands - mix together until well combined. Shape into 8 - 10 burgers. Heat the reserved oil in the frying pan and fry the burger for 10 minutes if using raw meat, or 6 minutes if using cooked meat, turning once. Always make sure the burgers are thoroughly cooked through before serving.