July 28, 2013

Kotlet Burger


I have a new found enjoyment of Persian food. The rice, the stews, the liberal use of turmeric...it all culminates in a beautifully delicious end product that speaks of decades of recipe refinement.

There is one particular recipe that ingeniously uses potatoes, mince, onion and spices to make little patties that are delicious over rice, with a fresh tangy side salad. Kotlets - which to me sound like cutlets - seem like a great way to stretch out the meat supply. I can't actually find any history on these delicious morsels, but most Persians that I speak to recall these as their childhood favourite.

I'm no Persian housewife, so this might not be an authentic recipe, but I think that it's delicious nonetheless. You'd usually have Kotlet over Persian cooked rice, but I think that these patties just call to be sandwiched between soft burger buns with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and plenty of condiments!!

Here's what I used:

Kotlet Burgers

500g beef mince
500g mashed potatoes
1 medium brown onion, grated
1 small garlic clove, grated
1 egg
Salt and pepper to season
Dash of turmeric
Dash of paprika
5 tbsp of plain flour (optional)
Egg wash

Mix the mince, mashed potatoes, grated onion, grated garlic, egg, tumeric, paprika, and salt and pepper. The mix was really wet for me, so I mixed in just enough plain flour to make it mouldable, but not stiff.

Then bread it as you would a cutlet - dust with flour, then egg wash, then coat with breadcrumbs.


Then just fry as you would a schnitzel - I shallow fried them in a pan till golden brown, then popped them in a 180C oven. These patties are usually the size of your palm - well, my palm anyway - but I also made some giant ones to fit the massive burger buns that I had.

Then top with your favourite condiments and burger fillings and you're good to go!

Oh, and what are burgers without potato wedges on the side? I just sprinkled cut potato with some curry powder, salt and a bit of oil, then roasted them in a hot oven till golden brown and crispy.


Burger night, anyone? 

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At July 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Simon Leong said...

love your burger shot. looks delicious! :-)

At July 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Laura said...

These look incredible Tammi. I'm loving these photos.
Thought... Could we make a vegetarian version, chickpeas maybe?

At July 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

I thought that first burger shot was a burger at some restaurant. Gorgeous photos! Love the sound of the flavouring of the pattie!

At July 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Amy zhong said...

beautiful picture of your burger! had me drooling!

At July 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Thank you Laura! Of course! The patty is held together by the eggs mostly, so replacing the beef mince with chickpeas shouldn't be an issue. =)

At July 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Aww thanks! I was trying something new. =) It did end up as a really tasty patty.

At July 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Looks delish! What time does dinner service start at your place? lol

At July 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... interesting name... we call this sort of things "croquetas" (croquettes). My mum used to make really good ones with potato mash and canned tuna.

At August 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM , Blogger irene said...

Beautiful photos. the recipe sounds so easy even for me! :)

At August 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Shanshan Lam said...

great photos as always Tammi! could so do with a burger right now!


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