High-Speed Hamburger with Fast Fries

From "NIGELLA EXPRESS" by Nigella Lawson. Copyright (C) 2007 Nigella Lawson. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

High-Speed Hamburger with Fast Fries

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    8 ounces extra lean ground beef good grinding of pepper
    1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce vegetable oil for brushing
    1 tablespoon caramelized onions from a jar 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 9 ounces new potatoes
    1 1/2 teaspoons buttermilk or plain yogurt


    Prep: 5 min Total: 15 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Mix the ground beef with the onions, buttermilk, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with pepper, then divide in two and form into two patties, either using a press or by hand.

    • 2

      Heat a ridged griddle and lightly brush the burgers with oil. Cook the burgers for 2 minutes on the first side, and then flip them and cook them for another minute. Remove and let stand for a minute or two; this will give you medium-rare burgers.

    • 3

      To make the fries, place the potatoes in a freezer bag and hit them with a rolling pin until they are broken into pieces.

    • 4

      Heat a frying pan with the oil until hot, then add the potatoes and cook for 5–6 minutes a side with the pan partially covered. Remove the potatoes to a plate lined with paper towels.

    • 5

      Serve the burgers with the fast fries and sandwich in a toasted bun, if you wish, and add lettuce, melted blue cheese, and bacon or a fried, poached, or squished soft-boiled egg, as you like.

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