Patties, or rissoles, were a favourite food when I was a little girl. We ate them for tea with sauce, not gravy, and then had pattie sandwiches for lunch the next day. I longed to have the very popular rainbow waxed lunch wrapping paper, but we usually had the plain. A rainbow-wrapped lunch always tasted better.
Mum didn't dip them in egg and breadcrumbs, but I think she added a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce. These may be plain and simple, but they are just right with new potatoes, peas, carrots and gravy. My meal tonight reminded me of long ago tea times.
While the vegetables were cooking, I made the patties. I didn't even refrigerate them, I cooked them straight away. I used fresh parsley instead of dried herbs and I finely chopped the onions rather than grating them. Grated onions really make me cry hard.
This recipe is from the March 2014 Super Food Ideas.
Old-fashioned Meat Patties makes 8 and serves 4
- 500g lean beef mince
- 1 brown onion, grated (or finely chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tspn mixed dried herbs
- salt and pepper to season
- olive oil for frying
Place all the ingredients, except for the olive oil, in a large bowl. Using clean damp hands, gently mix together. Although I usually encourage fervent mince mixing to encourage emulsification, you want the patties to be light and not compressed really at all.
Gently form into 8 round patties, about 2cm high.
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. You can actually see the meat cooking up the side of each one. I prefer mine to be cooked all the way through- not a hint of pink thank you, so I cooked them for the full 8 minutes.
Rest the patties briefly on some kitchen paper to soak up any excess fat. There wasn't actually any really, as I used very little oil and the mince was lean.
Serve with boiled potatoes, carrots and peas. Home made tomato sauce would be perfect and they are delicious cold the next day. Mum always made extra!!!