Erika is out for the day so I had an opportunity to do something a bit different for dinner. I prefer to try new things on myself first as it costs half as much and inconveniences half as many people should it go wrong. Sadly, my plans for dinner this evening fell through when Robert Dyas was closed due to a power cut. I needed to buy a utensil, and without it I couldn’t have the meal I’d planned. So I needed to think of something else.
As Erika doesn’t eat beef, pork or lamb I thought I ought to be using one of the three and this made me remember something I saw yesterday. Last night I was browsing Eat Like a Girl, and saw a recipe Fresh Garlic, Chorizo and Pork burgers. It sounded fantastic and although I commented on the post saying that I’d like to add chilli, I thought it would be best to have them the first time as per the original recipe. Unfortunately I was still outside Robert Dyas and I didn’t want to come home just to open my laptop and find the post; thankfully the wonders of modern technology saved the day and I had it on my iPhone in a matter of seconds. Then it was off to the supermarket to pick up the ingredients.
I scaled the recipe to use 200g of pork mince and about 40g of chorizo, although I didn’t have any fresh garlic. Looking around the kitchen for an alternative, I spied some spring onions looking a bit lonely in the fridge so finely chopped two of them and added them instead.
10 minutes on the griddle later and the burgers were done. I served them in some toasted ciabatta alongside sliced tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and a few slices of mature cheddar cheese. I used ciabatta instead of the recommended pita because I knew I’d have some unused chorizo in the fridge. Ciabatta and chorizo go wonderfully together with a drizzle of olive oil and some peppery rocket – I’ll look forward to that for lunch next week.
As for the chilli, I’m happy I left it out: the burgers were delicious without it. To be honest I’m not sure that it’s necessary, what with the peppery rocket and paprika-spiked chorizo. I’d gladly eat this again tomorrow.