Monday, April 20, 2015

Ernest Hemingway's Macho Burger

Not a restaurant, but I did promise to post an occasional non-restaurant thingy, right? In this case a post from OpenCulture.com in 2013 caught my eye:


Now for my friends that aren't into beef, realize that ground lamb or chicken will also work quite nicely (you might want to cook chicken to "well" if you don't trust the source). Here's the recipe if you don't care to follow the link:

Ingredients–
  • 1 lb. ground lean beef
  • 2 cloves, minced garlic
  • 2 little green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping teaspoon, India relish
  • 2 tablespoons, capers
  • 1 heaping teaspoon, Spice Islands sage
  • Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning — 1/2 teaspoon
  • Spice Islands Mei Yen Powder — 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 egg, beaten in a cup with a fork
  • About 1/3 cup dry red or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
What to do–
Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the icebox for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and make the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else including wine and let the meat sit, quietly marinating, for another ten minutes if possible. Now make your fat, juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick, and soft in texture but not runny. Have the oil in your frying pan hot but not smoking when you drop in the patties and then turn the heat down and fry the burgers about four minutes. Take the pan off the burner and turn the heat high again. Flip the burgers over, put the pan back on the hot fire, then after one minute, turn the heat down again and cook another three minutes. Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.

Ernest Hemingway

Something for my friends to try this summer, no? I'd serve with a side of spicy BBQ sauce.

-- John