As I grabbed ingredients from fridges and from shelves, Beardy held the basket. For the last three nights, I’ve eaten garlic and herb quorn fillets (2 for £1), hash browns (£1 per bag), a vegetable grill (4 for £1) and fresh salsa salad (massive bowl whipped up for £2) for dinner. As much as I’ve enjoyed this trip down freezer food lane, I just couldn’t face a fourth night of the same. Besides, we’d munched through the enormous bowl of beetroot salsa Beardy made and, let’s be frank, the beetroot salsa was the saving grace of an otherwise tinkfest tea ol’ Kerry Catona would be proud of. This evening, as we darted round the supermarket, I decided enough was enough. We’d blow the stupid budget and enjoy a meal containing more food groups than just, um… the ‘frozen’ group. I am pleased to report that the budget blowing was well worth it. ”As good as Christmas dinner”, Beardy said. ”Not only the best burger I’ve ever had, but maybe one of the best dinners I’ve ever had”, Beardy said. I didn’t say much. It is impolite to eat with one’s mouth full.
I’m afraid we ate so quickly I forgot to take photos. I didn’t know this would turn out to be one of those bloggable dinners. Apologies. I did consider writing, ‘FULL UP’ across my now even more enormous tummy by way of illustration, but decided against it. You don’t need to see that.
ONE OF THE BEST DINNERS EVER:
Quick. Easy. Minimal Preparation*. Minimal proper cooking*. Maximum taste-o-rama**.
Good quality burgers
Garlic pizza bread
Watercress salad/mixed leaves
Sour cream/creme fraiche
(For salsa) Tomato, onion, green pepper, passata, garlic, sugar, salt, black pepper, habanero pepper pulp, lemon juice, beetroot – if ye like.
Get to it:
Grill the burgers ’til they’re cooked just how you like ‘em.
Bake the pizza bread.
While the burgers and bread are doing their thang (thang?! WHY do I keep saying that?), prepare the salsa. Finely dice the tomato, onion, pepper and beetroot. You don’t need to use beetroot but Beardy experimented with it last week and I can confirm it was a brilliant addition. Sauce it up with a little passata then add a teensy pinch of sugar, tonnes of garlic, a splash of habanero pepper pulp, a squirt of lemon juice and a few tappity taps of ground rock salt. Oh and some crunches of ground black pepper. Smoosh it all up in a bowl.
When your burgers are ready, dab off the beef juice (bleugh) with kitchen roll. Be careful if you’re currently using cheapo kitchen roll though as it may well stick to your patties and you’ll spend more time trying to pick off stray fibres with tweezers. Wasted kitchen time is most unhelpful when you are very hungry.
Cut the pizza bread in half.
Spoon the salsa all over one half of the pizza bread. Then bundle on the watercress leaves. Lay the burgers onto the salad. Add a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche to the tops of the patties.
Take the other half of the pizza bread and layer it on top to make a big, garlicky, burgery, cressy, salsa-y, creamy sandwich. Cut it in half to make two pick-up-able bits.
If like us, you eat like a starving orphan and get awfully excited about your one meal a day, pick up your sandwich and shove it in your face. Be careful not to allow your burger to come sliding out from between the pizza bread slices at speed. It would be tragic to waste/miss out on this taste explosion due to carelessness.
If you tend to eat three meals a day and prefer to take your time and savour your food in the evening, then use cutlery like a civilised person.
* You could, if you had the time or the inclination make your own beef patties and fresh, homemade pizza bread.
** I enjoyed my dinner SO much I appear to be in some state of overdose. I have a hot face and I feel a bit dizzy.