5 ways with mince

Food24's guide to what to do with mince this week.

05 Nov 2009

Mince is pretty much a family staple in most households. Use it to stuff vegetables (mixed with a dash of herbs, some egg and breadcrumbs) and as a filling for samoosas, rotis, vetkoek or even to fill savoury pancakes. Other favourites are meat loaf and meat balls and, of course, hamburger patties.

How to make a patty

To make a good hamburger is simplicity itself: all you need is about 250g coarsely minced beef to which finely chopped flavourings such as herbs, capers and onion is added. Some like to add a spoonful of Worcestershire sauce, but 'stretchers' such as breadcrumbs are, strictly speaking, forbidden.

Gently form the beef into a ball without crushing it and flatten to a patty about 2.5 cm thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill or pan-fry over high heat for 4 to 12 minutes until done as you like it. That's it. Much easier than pie.

*If you are vegetarian, you can use soya mince as a substitute.

5 Recipes to try with mince:

1. Bolognaise (ragu) sauce

2. Basic mince

3. Tacos filled with savoury mince

4. Lamb kofta on rosemary skewers

5. Avo and mushroom burgers



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