So these days there are so many cooking channels on TV, from Masterchef, to Come Dine with Me, all the way to Gordon Ramsay getting angry about nothing. It makes for good entertainment, but also has the effect of inspiring you to try new things based on what you see on TV.
Trying to be healthy, and eating well is very tricky, exhausting, and sometimes mentally draining. So when it comes to that time of the week when you have a “cheat meal”, you want to do it in style. A burger from McD’s doesn’t quite do the trick, and for the amount of money you end up paying for two relatively plain and average burgers, you can make yourself a delicious gourmet burger.
To start, get yourself a bottle of good red wine (I would recommend an easy drinking Merlot) and pour it into a glass. Drink a few sips, savour the taste, and roll up your sleeves. It’s time to cook.
What you will need is the following:
- Lean beef or ostrich mince (either works fine)
- Two small red onions
- Two eggs
- Dijon Mustard
- Cheddar Cheese
- Worcestor sauce
- 25g Biltong (beef jerkey for Americans)
- Mushrooms (and mushroom soup mix if you need to thicken the sauce)
- A fresh panini bread
Start by chopping the red onions and chilies very finely (or use a blender for very fine chopping). In a mixing bowl, take the mince, chopped onion and chilie, and mix thoroughly. Then add a few splashes of Worcestor sauce, 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard, and the egg yellows. Mix the ingredients until bound, and then mould your mince into patty sizes of your choice.
Time for the sauce. Fry the mushroom until soft, then add the cream and parsley. Let the sauce reduce until it is thicker (if this fails to thicken, either add Maizina or small amounts of Mushroom soup mix). Once the sauce is thick, add finely sliced biltong (beef jerky) to the mixture, and allow to simmer for a few minutes before serving.
Fry the burger patty until cooked to your preference. Place on a panini with cheese, lettuce and tomato (unless you don’t eat tomato like me). Put your burger patty on top, then adding your sauce… and Presto! You now have yourself a delicious, gourmet burger.
I hope you try it out, and enjoy it as much as I did.
A delicious gourmet burger. Nom nom nom