sunday lunch: burgers and fries

In good home eating on March 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

inspired by a couple of cooking shows, i decided to try my hand at burgers and fries for lunch. well, mostly the burgers and condiments. the fries were done by our cook – who really does excellent, crispy fries.

so to start – the beef patties: got a couple of kilos of ground sirloin – with the fat, please. and into that we added garlic, bacon, salt and pepper. knowing that everyone would want bacon in their burgers, we just went ahead and added them in. for binder we had egg and shredded bread. my sis-in-law told me that this is better than bread crumbs as it creates air pockets which make for moister, fluffier burgers. after a day of marinating, the burgers hit the grill

for the main condiment, i made honey onions. which basically means the transformation of a pot of onions

to this

and that is as simple as can be. heat olive oil in a pot and throw in some white onions. add more olive oil to make sure each sliver of onion has oil on it. you’re caramelizing, so you can’t leave any onion piece out. season with salt and pepper. just let the onions sit, don’t fuss. after 10 minutes, add enough honey to make sure each sliver of onion gets a little honey. then stir a little and let it sit again until the onions get soft. then you’re ready to serve. this can be served cool, so you can plate it last.

now off to the fries. make sure they’re dry as a desert. really really dry. then toss them with some corn starch then fry deep in oil. we don’t have a fryer so a wok would have to suffice. believe me, these will come out crispy

the main thing to remember is that your fries have to swim in oil and not saute. and once they’re out of the pan, sprinkle with salt. now back to the burgers. on their last flip, we added some cheddar cheese

put all together, i swear this meal put all burger fastfood joints to shame

  1. wow! bacon makes a world of difference! there’s tip i saw on barefoot contessa this afternoon, she added water to her meatballs to make it moist, plus the bread, and bread crumbs.

    • good tip 🙂 thanks! and try the bacon hehe. next time i’ll also put in some mushroom for earthiness. and also to avoid so many things on top of the burger that make it hard na to bite into

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