These burgers were the product of me seeing a recipe for 'chorizo burgers' in a magazine and thinking, pfff, I can do better. So I had a go! The result is an outre but tasty meld of Spanish and Welsh!
Regular readers will know of my love affair with smoked paprika, so it should come as no surprise that chorizo sausages, redolent of that rusty dusty manna, are also a firm favourite in our house. I wanted to use leeks because I love them, and also in honour of St Davids Day tomorrow, where Welsh people everywhere celebrate our superiority at rugby and general existence.
Don't argue. You know it's true.
Leek and chorizo burgers - makes 6 large burgers.
500g leeks, trimmed, cleaned and sliced
250g chorizo sausage, chopped.
400g lean Welsh beef mince
pinch black pepper
Olive or groundnut oil
Ciabatta rolls, to serve.
Preheat the oven to 200oC. If you're cooking wedges or chips with these, it will probably be on anyway, so all the better.
Heat 1tbsp or so of the oil in a pan and add the sliced leeks. Cook for 5 minnutes or so until softened but not obliterated.
Pop them in a food processor with the chopped chorizo and process until blended. Add in the beef mince and pinch of pepper and process again until combined. Drop in the egg and process until it's all combined, then scrape into a bowl.
Shape into burgers - the mix will be quite wet and a bit friable at this stage, but work with me. Pat your burgers into even rounds. Heat some more oil - an even covering of the bottom of your frying pan - and pop them in when it's sizzling, 2 at a time. Cook for 2 minutes then gently flip and cook for 2 minutes more. You're just browing the outside at this stage, so they aren't going to cook all the way through. When both sides are brown, put the semi-cooked burgers onto a baking tray, or better still, a perforated chip/pizza baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the burgers, then pop them into your hot oven for 10-12 minutes until cooked all the way through.
Serve on your ciabatta buns with your choice of accompaniment - we had rustic baked wedges. I also made a garlic and smoked paprika mayo with 4tbsp mayo, 1 heaped tsp of smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp garlic granules, and I don't mind telling you that it was VERY NICE.
If, like me, you are choc full of whimsy and have small people to feed, you can make mini burgers and cut your rolls into quarters to serve them. It keeps the snarflings happy, but I draw the line at making happy faces out of their food, so Annabel Karmel - back in yer box.