(Ms. Karmel is not related to Annabelle for whom this book was named)
Hands-On Time: 15min
Ready In: 25min
Yield: 4 child portions
Your own yummy burgers will be better than any fast food, and you and your children can have lots of fun decorating the burgers with silly faces. Or, serve the burgers more traditionally in buns.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large shallot minced
- 1/4 apple peeled, cored, and grated
- 1/2 small garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme or chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 3/4 cup ground round
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
- sunflower or olie oil for frying
- green peas and mini-cherry tomatoes for decoration
- 1 ounce spaghetti or macaroni
- 3 tablespoons Annabel’s Secret Tomato Sauce or use good-quality bought sauce
- Heat the oil in a small frying pan and soften the shallot and apple for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar and cook, stirring, until evaporated, then stir in the thyme and honey. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightly. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix together. Shape into four burgers. Cover and refrigerate. Or, wrap individually and freeze for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
- To cook, heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the burgers over moderate heat for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. At the same time, cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and toss with the tomato sauce.
- Arrange some pasta on a plate to resemble hair (spaghetti for straight, macaroni for curls) and place the burgers under the hair. Add peas for eyes and mini-cherry tomato for a nose (or use carrot or ketchup). For the mouth, use a curved piece of pasta (or tomato or red bell-pepper). Serve any leftover pasta in a separate dish.