Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Recipe: Butter bean and sausage burgers: cheaper than chips

After reading a blog from A Girl Called Jack, I bought some sausage meat from Sainsbury's.  Not proper sausages, you understand, sausage meat in a big - er - sausage shape, 500g for something like £2.25 with a percentage of pork that was over 60.  Not good but a darn sight more 'meaty' than the value sausages!
Anyway, it's now been shared into tenths and nine of them are in the freezer, well wrapped, while the tenth made these.

It is Jack Monroe's idea, I lay no claim whatsoever to it.  The tweaks are mine though

50g sausage meat
1 tbsp oil
half a small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 small carrot, grated
the seeds from three cardamom pods, crushed with a pestle and mortar.
a squeeze of garlic puree
cooked butter beans (I used the cooked equivalent of 25g of dried beans - sorry not to be more precise but they were in the freezer), roughly mashed with a fork
breadcrumbs from about 1/4 of a supermarket roll that was lurking in the freezer
parsley, chopped
about 10ml plain flour
salt and pepper to taste (I didn't add salt)

Heat the oil and saute the onion and carrot until soft.  Add the camdamom seeds and garlic and sautee for a few more minutes.

In a bowl, place the breadcrumbs, the mashed butter beans, the softened onion and carrot, the sausage meat, lemon juice, salt, pepper, flour and parsley and mix it all up well together.  Shape into patties.

Place in the fridge to chill and firm up before frying.  Fat will come out of the sausage meat as they fry.

I managed to make four thin burgers but I think that was pushing it.  I wanted enough for two meals.  Three would be better but awkward in terms of providing two meals

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