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Burgers in the oven with potatoes

One of the easiest Sunday recipes. I remember as a child when I used to spend Sundays with my grandmother, the only two options i gave her was either chicken in the oven or this recipe. I could never eat this during the week, somehow in my mind it was only Sunday food only.

You will need:

– 1 kg minced meat (preferably beef)

– 2 medium onions

– half glass of milk

– bread crumbs from 1/4  loaf bread

– 1 egg yolk

– 6 medium potatoes

– cumin

– oregano

– rosemary

– paprika

– 2 cloves of garlic cut in half

– salt

– pepper

– olive oil

– 2 lemons


In a mixer you beat together the milk, onions and bread crumbs. Pour mashed mix in the meat and mix with your hands )I find it very pleasing). Throw in all the spices and mix again and in the end mix in the egg yolk making sure it completely dissolves. Peel the potatoes and cut them ( I prefer to cut them in irregular shapes because the corners get crispy).  Grease the backing pan with olive oil, mold the burgers in to 7 -8 cm each and place them in the pan and spread the potatoes and garlic around them(you can add a little bit of water).

Place the pan in a preheated oven in 180 °Celsius.

Bake for about an hour and the lower the temperature to 150° Celsius. About a quarter before you turn off the oven squeeze the lemons and pour the juice all over the burgers and potatoes.

TIP: Make sure to stir the potatoes every 15 – 20 min. and to turn over the burgers once.


Lamb fricassee

This recipe was my grandmother’s, it then passed on to my father and finally me. As I always say on most of the recipes I post here, it is much easier than you think. It just needs time, dedication and a little bit of magic. I got it perfect the first time I tried to cook it, and almost never happens to me. So don’t be afraid of it, just give it a try!

You will need:

– 1.5 kg lamb in pieces

– 10 scallions or spring onions

– 1 bunch of dill

– endives or even better spiny chicory

– Salt

– Pepper

– Olive oil

For the egg and lemon sauce:

– 2-3 eggs

– 2-3 lemons

You start by saute the scallions, in a casserole, then put 1/3 of the chopped dill and raise the temperature a bit then place the meat in the casserole. In the meantime half boil the endives or spiny chicory, drain them (leaving just a little bit of water) and put them in the pan with the rest of the chopped dill. If needed you can add some fresh water. Lower the temperature and cook until meat is tender. A few minutes before the meat is ready prepare the egg and lemon sauce.

Preparation of egg and lemon sauce:

Beat the whites of the eggs (by hand or mixer)  until they become like a foam, add the lemon juice and the egg yolks one by one, without stopping to beat the mixture. When the mixture is smooth, take a big spoon and take some liquid from the casserole and poor very slowly over the egg and lemon sauce (this step is essential because if you put the sauce in the casserole with the meat, due to the heat the egg will cook and become like an omelet, so be very careful during this step, poor the liquid really slowly), after repeating this a few times you can now pour the sauce in the casserole and stir well until all ingredients are well blended together.

And that is it! You now have a delicious Sunday meal or lunch for those cold winter days!

 


Hey there!

So, here I am! I decided to write a blog about cooking and recipes (well I will mostly post recipes).  Any recipe or advise I post, you can be sure, I will have tried it frist myself!  The thing is, I love cooking. I am not a professional, but I am cooking since I am 12 years old and I like it! Whenever I have time I like to try new things.  My recipes are not specific, I like all kinds of food from all kinds of places. So I will post many different recipes from all over the world. Though I must admit that I looooooooveeee French, Spanish and Greek cuisine, since I’m half and half (I won’t tell you which…)! I really hope that in time you will find a place here to search for a new recipe and really find something that suits your taste!!