Sunday, 23 March 2014
I spent this afternoon dreaming up a recipe for the visit of a friend who is gastronomically pretty adventurous for a German. I wanted to make something quick yet tasty, and so I came up with this, and it was pretty nice.
750g minced pork
2 onions, finely diced
A handful of dried fruit (e.g. prunes, apricots, sultanas), sliced
20 roughly ground black peppercorns
A small handful of fresh or dried herbs (coriander or thyme, depending on your taste)
4 tablespoons of of powdered or crushed walnuts
Salt to season
Butter for the frying pan
Put the minced meat in a bowl, mix in the finely diced onions and use a fork or a potato masher to mix in. Then add the dried fruit (I used just prunes, but you can put in dried apricots or sultanas instead if you prefer), herbs, salt and peppercorns and do the same until there is a consistency. Add the powdered walnuts to it - this gives it a little solidity. You can use plain flour, but it does not add to the flavour.
Put it in the fridge for an hour or so, just to allow the mixture to settle.
Roll the mixture into balls and then flatten them while being careful not to split the sides.
Put them in a hot pan with melted butter; once the surfaces have been seared, turn down the heat and fry for about 20 minutes.
I served it with sautéed potatoes and onions, and an apple sauce.