All right… Hamburger. The quintessence of junk food, well, besides hotdog, of course… But really, to make a really good burger is very much not a trivial job, mind you! Nailing that perfect balance of taste in the patty, ensuring the texture is just right, using just the amount of sauce required (and creating that sauce too!) – that’s a never ending journey… I’ve spent over 10 years perfecting my burger patty recipe and yet, after a trip down to Tasmania, it got a new twist!
Curious? Great! I’ve got a true step by step guide for you, so let’s go!
When I posted this photo on my Facebook page I wrote “burgers and kabobs”. However, since I got quite a few complaints from my Greek speaking friends (and working in a company with a big branch in Cyprus, I have a bunch of those 🙂 ), I decided to give this post a Greek spirit. So, today we are grilling mpiftekia – Greek burgers, and souvlaki – chicken thigh fillet skewers. And yeah, you’ll get extra points if you’re able to actually pronounce those names 🙂 🙂 🙂
Those of you who follow my posts probably remember my origins, roots, if you like, are from Eastern Europe. Generally speaking, Russian, I would say, but being more specific, I was born in Bessarabia, a relatively small piece of land in between Moldova, Ukraine and the Black Sea. Throughout its whole history Bessarabia was a very desired trophy – it’s been conquered by Turks, Romanians, Russians and a handful of others who ruled the land for shorter periods of time… Such a mixture of cultures created a very interesting culinary fusion as well, and Bessarabia’ cooking is heavily influenced by that of the conquerors – Turkey and Romania mainly, but also Russia and Ukraine. So, today I want to show you my take on a traditional Romanian “mititei” – grilled ground meat rolls, as I remember them from my childhood.
Kebab is the most popular fire-roasted dish in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia. There are hundreds of ways to prepare kebabs, as well as quite a few names for it, but essentially, they all mean the same – fire roasted meat on a skewer. So here’s the way they make it in Armenia – Lulah Kebab!
Steak is the most primal thing I know… It was the first thing the caveman made when he learned roasted meat is tastier than raw one. This time I grilled it the simplest way, and I want to share with you my four essential rules for a great steak!
Roast beef is one of my favorite dishes… But when grilled, it becomes an absolute treat, and I am going to show you one of the simplest and easiest ways to make it. Also, you’ll find a very interesting spice mix, as well as a salad, which has become my all times companion to grilled meat.