Beetroot and Chickpea Fritters

Beetroot and Chickpea Fritters – #burgers by any other name! A veggie #burger, no less!

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Beetroot used to be such a maligned vegetable, as some of us remember from the overuse of it in school dinners,  but here it provides the basis of a family meal which cost pennies to produce.

Dawn: It was quite labour intensive, especially as the beetroot is always messy to prepare.

Andrew: Yes, even with a food processor, you have a lot of washing up, but the end product is quite amazing. 

Ingredients

150g beetroot- raw, and peeled

2 tbsp olive oil

One can (400g) of chickpeas or the equivalent weight of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked thoroughly

Salt and pepper to season

More olive oil to cook

Method

  • Either grate the beetroot using the course side of a grater or use the grater setting on your food rocessor.

Dawn: We suggest you use rubber gloves and wear an apron. Beetroot juice will stain your clothes and your skin.

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Pork and Sage Burgers with Samphire and Chestnut Mushrooms

Another tasty #burger #recipe – Pork and Sage Burgers with Samphire and Chestnut Mushrooms #internationalburgerday

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A delicious and easy-to-follow burger recipe which you know exactly what ingredients are in them. Try this and review on this blog, please.

20140517_132439Dawn: Samphire? What’s that?

Andrew: I’ve seen it on the cookery programmes on the TV. It grows on the coast, in salt marshes. I found a box for a pound and thought I would give it a go.

Dawn: I can see it there, poking out from beneath your salad. 

Andrew: The first homegrown leaves of the year no less!

Ingredients

Serves 4

500g pork mince

A handful of sage leaves, finely chopped

8 chestnut mushroom, finely sliced

100g samphire

Salad leaves of your choice

Salt and black pepper for seasoning

Olive oil to fry

Method

  • Place the pork mince in a bowl, add the chopped sage, salt and pepper, and mix will with your hands.
  • Some people use an egg for binding, but this wasn’t necessary here.

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Turkey and Thyme Burgers

Turkey is a low fat meat and a source of protein. Here we create a healthy homemade burger that’s just right for summertime barbeques. Add various low fat and nutritious side dishes, lashings of cool drinks plus a good dollop or two of great company and you have a perfect occasion.

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Ingredients

Makes 8

450g minced turkey

100g wholemeal breadcrumbs

1 onion, skin removed, finely sliced and chopped

A handful of fresh thyme, washed and finely chopped (or 1-2tsps of dried thyme)

Salt and pepper to season

A little flour (any kind)

A little oil (any kind, if shallow frying)

Method

  • Put the turkey, breadcrumbs, onion and thyme in a bowl and either by using a wooden spoon or your freshly washed hands, mix all the ingredients together. The mixture will resemble this:

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  • Add a little salt and pepper while continuing to mix all the ingredients together.
  • When the ingredients have combined to form a large ball, divide into 8 equal portions. Form each portion into a round ball shape and set aside.
  • On a floured work surface, place a ball and gently press it down to form a flat circle. Ensure the burger is covered with flour and set it aside, ready to cook. Do this to the remaining 7 balls.
  • Next, either fire up the barbeque and gently cook the burgers on both sides until their meat is cooked thoroughly or place a frying pan on a low heat, pouring a little oil into it. Heat the oil and when the oil is ‘spitting’, it is warm enough to start putting the burgers in.
  • Cook the burgers on a gentle, low heat and periodically turn them over to ensure they cook through. Cooking them will take about 20-25 minutes and the meat will firm in texture with a caramelised look appearing on both sides of the burgers.

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  • Once cooked, serve with salad, pickles, hummus and dressings. The dressing used here is a dijon mustard low fat dressing with the recipe here: “How To Make Mustard Dressing”.

Dawn: Voila!

Andrew: Looks and tastes delicious, Dawn. Any idea how much these 8 burgers cost to make?

Dawn: I do know. The minced turkey was £2.49 for 450g, the thyme was out of the Love Food garden so free – it’s about 69p-89p to buy fresh and you’d have some left over to use in other dishes. An onion has cost about 10p. Breadcrumbs…a couple of slices of wholemeal bread, a small loaf at 75p…so about 12p. And a splash of oil and seasoning. Under £3.00 for 8 tasty and nutritious burgers.

Andrew: That’s excellent value for money, Dawn.

Dawn: It is and what’s more, you know exactly what ingredients have gone into making them.

Andrew: The origin of food is so important.

Dawn: It is and we’ll be bringing more cost effective meals to readers through our food ‘inventions’.

Andrew: Until then…it’s “Goodbye from you” (nodding to Dawn).

Dawn: And it’s “Goodbye from him”, (smiling at Andrew).

Dawn and Andrew (in unison): “Goodbye, fellow foodies!”

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