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.