Welcome my friends to another edition of Shopping Around the World recipes!
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Now with mom/dad, sometimes the best thing they crave is a good old fashioned hamburger with french fries. Doesn’t that sound yummy? And mom does them in an unique way. So, let me present Mom’s Hamburgers and Fries.
Buns – we get a package of 8 for $1.00 = that makes each bun only 0.13 each.
Hamburger Meat – Mom gets a package of ground sirloin that costs around $6.50 a package. Now one package will make 4 burgers = that’s only $1.63 per burger.
1 Tomato (which is optional). We got big beef steak tomatoes on sale for $0.99 a pound. One tomato costs us $1.28 and you only need one slice of the tomato per burger so the rest goes into a salad for the next day 🙂 So somewhere in the neighborhood of $0.21 per slice.
An egg. Yep, you heard it. 1 egg for each burger. Eggs costs $2.00 for a dozen = $0.17 each.
A baking potato because they are huge = $0.59 for one.
Now – the total price per Mom’s hamburger is around $2.75 – take that Mickey D’s restaurant. I’m not posting all of the condiment prices because that can vary.
How to Prepare:
Mom works on the potato first to get it started She cuts the potato in very thin slices and places in a bowl. She then salts them rather well and starts her fry daddy oil. Once the oil is hot, she drops the french fries into the oil to cook. Depending on how brown/crispy you want your fries, depends on the cooking time. Just watch them so they don’t burn.
During the cooking of your fries, plop your hamburger meat out into a bowl. Season your meat – salt, pepper, anything you normally use. Sometimes mom puts some Worcestershire sauce in it as well. With your fingers, gently mix it together – but don’t overwork. Once mixed, kind of flatten against the bottom of the bowl and with your hand make a cross sign – that way you are separating the meat into hopefully four even hamburger patties. Get your pan (preferably an iron skillet because hey we are in the south-LOL) hot and add just a little bit of oil to cover the bottom. Also during this time, turn your stove on around 300-350 degrees.
As your pan is warming up, take one section of your hamburger meat. This is the time if you want to add cheese inside of your burger you would do it here. What do I mean? Well sometimes mom will cut a piece of cheddar cheese and then wrap the hamburger meat around the cheddar cheese covering it. Just be careful after you cook it and bite into the burger because it will be H.O.T. However you do it though, patty your hamburger out and make a small dimple in the middle. Put aside and do the rest of your burgers.
Once the pan is hot, put the burgers in the pan to cook. We prefer around medium but some like it more cooked – your choice. While that is cooking, take your buns and put them on a cookie tray. Butter them lightly and stick them in the oven to toast – be careful not to burn your buns.
Once the buns are done, take them out and put what condiments you want on your burger. Once the burgers are done in the pan, take them off the burner and let them sit for a few minutes. After they have rested a bit, build your burger.