Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Karbanátky ( Czech Meat Patties)

It's a little late in the year to be talking to you about a meal that I had nine months ago, isn't it? Yet these simple fried meat patties made such an impression on me that they have now been added to my regular meal rotation.  Way back in January my friend's dad made us these Karbanátky which he served with a potato salad ,home-made pickles and a dollop of sour cream. It's not a flashy meal, nor is it the least bit gourmet but that is exactly why it appeals. It is uncomplicated and easy enough to throw together. Vlad shared his recipe with me in the manner that is typical of experienced home cooks.....a little of this, a lot of that, and a pinch and a dash of some other stuff. I did not write down the recipe but I did remember that it was a basic hamburger patty which was rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. 

Most online sources for this recipe list marjoram as one of the ingredients. Unfortunately this herb is not readily available in Trinidad, so I substituted with our local green seasoning. A Czech acquaintance has assured me that each home does them a little bit differently so substituting with the green seasoning is just fine. I don't measure the ingredients when I am making this but I am aware that less experienced cooks might want a more specific guide so I have attempted to provide you with amounts.  

Servings: 6-8

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork

or you can use just one kind of meat if you prefer

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 medium onion finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 tsp each salt free onion and garlic powder can be substituted for the minced garlic and onion.

1 tsp majoram (or green seasoning)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs or cassava farine
extra bread crumbs to coat the karbanátky before frying
oil for frying

In a bowl combine the meat, worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, marjoram (or green seasoning) salt, mustard, pepper. Cover and set aside overnight or 1/2 hour in the fridge.

When ready to fry the patties remove the meat from the fridge. Mix in the bread crumbs and egg.  Form into hamburger patties, pressing a slight depression into the center of each to ensure even cooking. Roll each patty in bread crumbs.

Heat oil in a non stick medium skillet. Use medium high heat. Fry the patties about 4 minutes on each side until brown and cooked all the way through.


  1. these would go great with just about anything! i love their flavor

  2. patties look so perfectly crisp on the outside and just melt in mouth inside...drool worthy dish :-)

  3. Is it wrong that the idea of a hamburger schnitzel really appeals to me?!

  4. Oh I've never heard of this dish before but it sounds so delicious. I can see why it became a household favourite! :D

  5. What mouthwatering Czech meat patties, Wizzy!!!! I'd love to try them.

  6. When a recipe becomes part of the regular rotation of meals I know it is a great one! What a fabulous dinner idea!

  7. Se ven muy irresistible no conocía este plato,abrazos.

  8. Hey, it's never too late to share about good food! As they say, better late than never. Besides, I like the combination of spices here- I can't remember the last time I pulled out my bottle of marjoram, but mustard sounds like the perfect compliment.

  9. As Marjoram is not available en here, neither is your local green seasoning, I have to find some closer alternative here in India. Your meat patties sound so full of flavor! Can't wait to try them!!

  10. That looks super yummy -so crispy on the outside! I wonder how they'd go in burgers..

  11. i definitely don't use marjoram as much as i should, especially in spice blends for meat. what a great recipe!

    1. would you believe a short time after this post I find marjoram in the supermarket.