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burgers and bananas
Member Name: europe-chick
Advantages: tasty tender burgers, and yummy chocolate bananas
As we have been lucky enough to have had a few nice days so far this year maybe the bbq season will be on us earlier than usual, or maybe not!!
Anyway in anticipation of warm summer days I thought that I'd share a couple of our quick and easy bbq favourites.
First - burgers.
We never buy pre-packaged or frozen burgers, I'm not a fan of these, I like to know what is going into my food. I'm shocked when I see the additives and presersatives that have been added to things like this. So basically I always make my own burgers, I buy my minced beef from the local butchers and he normally minces the meat for me there and then.
I allow 125g minced beef per burger, this makes a nice substantial filling burger.
For every 250g of mince you will need to add 1tbsp buttermilk, 1tbsp soy sauce, 1tbsp worcestershire sauce, and a good grinding of freshly ground black pepper.
Put the minced beef in a large bowl, and add the correct quantities of the other ingredients according to the weight of your mince. Smooch everything together with your hands until everything is well combined. Shape the mince mixture into burger shaped patties, squashing them together fairly compactly, you don't want them to fall apart when they are on the bbq. Place the burger patties on a sheet of greaseproof paper and place them in the fridge for an hour or so to 'firm up'.
When you are ready to cook them remove them from the fridge and bbq as normal.
These make absolutely delicious burgers, the added ingredients make even cheap mince taste so tender and divine. You cannot taste any of the added ingredients in the finished burgers, no-one will know what your secret to tender, tasty burgers is! Everyone that we have served these burgers to has commented on how delicious they are. Try them you won't be dissapointed, I promise!
Second - bananas.
I always struggle with bbqs and desserts, but I've found that these chocolate bananas are the best bbq dessert ever. They are so quick to prepare, and they taste absolutely divine.
I allow 1 banana per person, I find that this is normally enough after everyone has had all of the savoury bbq food. You will also need some chocloate buttons or chopped chocolate pieces. I've made these with chocolate buttons, milky bar buttons, mint chocolate, bournville, any chocolate of your choice works really.
Peel the bananas and discard the skins, slice the bananas vertically from the top to the bottom - but do not slice all the way through, just about two thirds of the way. Fill the slit that you have made with your chocolate. Wrap each banana tightly in tin foil, creating a little parcel that stands upright with the part of the bananas that has not been sliced through on the bottom.
Once you have finished cooking all of the savoury food on the bbq then place your little banana parcels on the bbq to heat through, the residual heat from the bbq will be enough to warm the banans through and to melt the chocolate.
When these are ready remove them from the bbq and serve in the tin foil on a plate, the chocolate will have melted, the banana will be warm - delish!! These are so quick to prepare, and you can just leave them on the bbq to heat up, no need to turn them or tend to them. They are such a simple idea, but they are really really delicious. You could also serve these with ice cream or whipped cream if you wanted to make a more substantail dessert out of them. Everyone always comments on how these are such a good idea, once again try them, you won't be dissapointed!
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