I couldn't tell the story of my favourite dessert from my paternal grandmother, without talking about my favourite comfort food from my maternal grandmother, Baba.
From the time my grandmother retired, she would visit pretty much every weekend, and whenever I was sick. Sometimes, I'd be whisked to her place when my parents were on the way to work and I was too sick to go to school. If I was able to keep food down, more than likely, I was getting burgers with onions and mashed potatoes. It still is my favourite comfort food. I usually stayed in the kitchen when she was making it, so when I was older, it was me who made it for her.
|I'm not a big fan of dishes that use so many pots and pans,
but for this, I make an exception.
In November, I caught a nasy cold for the second time in six weeks, and Meredith was sick as well. It's very difficult when we're both sick. Normally, my mom would come rushing over with enough food to feed us for a week (hey, she enjoys it, so why should we fight it?). However, my parents were out of town, so we were on our own for food. The past few days had been packaged soups, toast, and soft boiled eggs. I needed something more, and I thought of my grandmother's burgers.
Baba's Pan-fried Burgers with Onions and Mashed Potatoes
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
500g (1 lb) lean ground beef
3 cups beef stock
1 tbsp water
1/4 cup margarine
pepper, to taste
- Place the potatoes in a medium pot and fill until the water is about one-inch above the potatoes. Add salt and bring to a boil. Let boil, uncovered for around 30 minutes, until potatoes are soft and break apart easily.
- Add oil to a deep pan and heat on medium. Add onions and let simmer, stirring frequently, until onions are soft and begin to brown.
- Divide the beef into six equal parts and form into patties about 1/2-inch thick. Heat a non-stick pan on medium and fry the patties for 2-4 minutes per side, until nicely browned.
- Add the beef stock to the onions and heat on high until boiling.
- While continuing to boil the broth mixture, add the patties. Let mixture boil for around 30 minutes, until broth is reduced.
- When potatoes are ready, crack the egg into a small bowl, add 1 tbsp water and gently mix with a fork.
- Drain the water from the potatoes, add margarine, and quickly mash roughly with a potato masher.
- Add egg mixture and continue to mash. Add pepper to taste.
- Serve in a bowl by making a well in a pile of potatoes and placing a burger, onions and some broth in the middle.
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