Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mixed Hamburgers


Every Saturday night, my Grandfather made Mixed Hamburgers. These mini burgers are basically meatballs made into patties. Little did my grandfather know but he was way ahead of his time. These days you find "sliders" on many menus from pubs to fine dining and that is essentially what these are - meatball sliders.

Incidentally, he also liked to serve them alongside a can of Chef Boyardee. This was in no disrespect to his Italian roots I'm sure but rather his solution to "Dad's Night To Cook" while still having time to spend with the family after a long week working in the city.

And so, Mixed Hamburgers made an encore appearance at Friday night dinner during our cooking weekend at Cape Cod. Unfortunately, Chef Boyardee couldn't make it.
1-1 1/2 lbs ground beef
3 slices of white bread
1 egg
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
Place the bread in a food processor and pulse to make fresh bread crumbs.
Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well - hands work best.
Form into mini hamburger patties (or make a meatball and then smash it flat !)
Fry on the stove or electric frying pan or grill.
Jane showing her frying skills (Martha supervising?)
Serve on mini buns with toppings of your choice.
(.......and from the cutting room floor......)
My mom explaining why the heck she bought such a large jar of pickles.

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