Bloody Mary Burgers with Horseradish Dressing

Reprinted with permission from "River Cottage Every Day" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, copyright 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Bloody Mary Burgers with Horseradish Dressing

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    1 tablespoon tomato paste 3/4 to to 1 1/4-inch piece horseradish root, freshly grated
    1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon celery seeds 2 tablespoons crme frache
    4 to 8 dashes Tabasco or other hot sauce, to taste Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 4 good bread buns, ciabatta rolls, or thick slices of baguette
    1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt A few romaine lettuce leaves
    Freshly ground black pepper A few tomatoes, sliced
    3 pounds ground round Ketchup (optional)
    A little canola or olive oil


    Prep: 1 hour Total: More than 60 min
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    • 1

      In a medium bowl, mix together the tomato paste, horseradish, celery seeds, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and a generous grinding of black pepper. Add the beef and mix thoroughly with your hands, making sure the seasonings are spread throughout the meat. Let stand for at least an hour for the flavors to develop. Meanwhile, make the horseradish dressing: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Break off a small piece of the beef mixture, the size of a walnut, and fry in a little oil until well cooked. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.

    • 2

      Shape the meat into 4 patties about 3/4 inch thick. Lightly brush each one with oil, then place on a grill over high heat. It’s hard to give exact cooking instructions due to variables such as the thickness of the burger, the heat of the grill, and personal preference. For a medium-rare burger, you will probably need to grill for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip over and cook the other side for a couple of minutes. If you’re cooking the burgers indoors, use a lightly oiled grill pan set over medium-high heat. Let the burgers rest for a minute or two while you prepare the buns.

    • 3

      To serve, toast the buns or other bread lightly on the cut side, then top with the lettuce leaves and tomato slices. Add the burgers and smear with horseradish sauce, and a dollop of ketchup if you like. Top with the other half of the bread.

    • 4

      Good with French fries, obviously, but if they’re too much effort, really good potato chips will do.

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