Thursday, June 14, 2012
Shepherd’s Pie Knife-and-Fork Burgers
Ingredients • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil, plus some for drizzling • 1/4 pound button mushrooms, 5 to 6, stemmed and very finely chopped • 1 carrot, very finely chopped • 1 rib celery, very finely chopped • 1 shallot, very finely chopped • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped • Salt and pepper • 2 large or 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed • 1 1/2 pounds coarse beef chuck • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided • 1/4 to 1/3 cup whole milk • 2 tablespoons sour cream • 2 tablespoons horseradish • 1 egg yolk, beaten • 4 tablespoons butter, divided • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives • 2 tablespoons flour • 1 can beef consommé • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, garnish • 4 slices white bread, toasted and lightly buttered Yields: 4 Preparation In a skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil. Add vegetables and garlic, and season with salt and pepper, cook to tender then cool completely. Meanwhile, boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Combine ground beef with 3 tablespoons Worcestershire, salt, pepper and cooled vegetables. Form 4 patties and drizzle them with oil. Heat griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers 10 minutes, turning once for medium doneness. Switch broiler on high. Drain potatoes and mash with milk, sour cream, horseradish, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons butter, chives, salt and pepper. Top the burgers with mounds of potatoes and set under broiler to brown, in middle of oven, 3-4 minutes. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour then consommé; let thicken and season with remaining tablespoon Worcestershire, black pepper and Dijon. Set burgers topped with potatoes on buttered toast and pour gravy over top, garnish with parsley and serve.