Continuing the everyday food theme I decided on pasta, the students' standby, and was given beef burgers. The question being how to marry the two.
Well to begin with I didn't try.
Doesn't really merit a recipe. I fried off half a finely chopped onion with garlic and seasoning, added the burgers to the pan to cook thoroughly. I added a rasher of bacon and finished off with a fried egg. It was served with tomato ketchup no salad in sight! I mean what is the point of soggy lettuce in a burger sandwich!!!!!!
I had some burgers left but I like variety!
Pasta with beef and tomato
1 beef burger cubed,
olive oil for frying
1/2 onion, chopped,
garlic (in whichever form you prefer)
1/2 pt milk, warmed
1/2 oz butter
1/2 tbsp plain flour
250g grated cheddar
2 tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper
Sauce - Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour to make a roux. Cook for two minutes. Warm the milk and add to the roux gradually and add salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for two minutes. Meanwhile de-seed and chop the meat of one of the tomatoes and put in the sauce then add half of the cheese stirring the whole time.
This is the same as above but for the fact that you chop the burger into about 10 pieces and throw in the second chopped tomato and the seeds from the one used for the sauce.
Meanwhile cook the penne pasta until soft in salted boiling water.
Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. When the burger is browned stir together the tomatoes and beef and pour into an oven proof dish. Stir the pasta into the cheesy sauce but save enough to provide a topping, and mix with the meat. Finish the dish with pasta and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese topping is bubbling.
This is a really tasty dish and you could add mushrooms, peppers or your own preferred ingredients.