Another blog post!!!
Oh - and a recipe I have been promising!
8 Potatoes (I used 6 potatoes and 2 kumera for added flavour)
1/4c plain flour (I used gluten-free of course)
1/2tsp baking powder
A pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
250g beef mince
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 plain flour (or breadcrumbs - as above, gluten-free for me)
Oil as needed
1) Peel and grate all 8 potatoes (I cheated and put them through my food processor, making this part of the prep much quicker). Then peel and chop finely, (or grate), the half onion.
2) Mix together the grated potato, flour, baking powder, 3 eggs, and salt and pepper in one bowl.
3) In a second bowl mix the beef mince, onion, garlic, 1 egg, and flour/bread crumbs until well combined.
4) Heat some oil in the frying pan over medium heat (I used my electric frying pan), and drop a tablespoon of potato mixture into the hot frying pan. Spread and flatten out the mixture a little, until about the size of a pikelet... I could do four at a time.
5) Then place about 2 teaspoons of the beef mixture on top of the potato mixture, spreading the filling out almost to the edges... I didn't actually measure the beef mixture, you get a feeling for how much is needed as you go along; but remember to keep it fairly thin.
6) Drop another rounded tablespoon of the potato mixture on top of the beef, and spread it out completely, covering the beef.
7) Fry until the bottom of the potato is golden brown, approx. 5-10 minutes... then flip and fry the other side until golden; doesn't take quite as long as first side.
Side Notes: I found as the frying pan heats up, and I got a feel for it - it only took about 5 minutes per side to cook. And, if you're like me and worry about things such as 'Is the mince cooked well enough?'; keep it thin and you'll have no problems at all!
This cooks enough to feed a good sized family of four... it takes quite a long time to prepare and cook (I ate while I was still cooking); but it is yummy and worth the extra time and effort! As we are a small family - there were enough left to freeze for another day, AND they tasted even BETTER the next day my husband assured me!
My entire family LOVED them, which - with a fussy three year old and even fussier one year old; this is quite a feat!!!!
And this my friends, is how you eat them - smothered in tomato sauce, and shoved in your mouth as fast as possible! My son devoured two whole burgers completely on his own!
Next time I would make them in advance, this of course, means I can then cook some other wholesome food to go with them (such as fresh veggies)... this will then give me extra mixture to either cook up and freeze; or just freeze the mixture as is and cook another day (does anyone know if grated potato freezes well?!?)! It took me longer than I had expected to prepare and cook, which meant my family got nothing else that night...
Eat and enjoy people - they are pretty good, if I must say so myself!!!!! Even eaten at the bench as I continue to stand and cook...