The Daring Cooks challenge this month was a nice open-ended one: to make patties, rissoles, rosti, croquettes or fritters – essentially ingredients mixed and bound and cooked. Since we are apparently incapable of following a challenge recipe, having this open ended approach at least makes us feel less guilty.
First, a little history. Irish chef Patrick "Patty" Seedhouse is said to have come up with the original concept and term as we know it today with his first production of burgers utilizing steamed meat pattys - the pattys were "packed and patted down" (and called pattys for short) in order to shape a flattened disc that would enflame with juices once steamed.
We’d just made our chard cakes the week before the challenge. So they don’t quite qualify, but they were so pretty and delicious that we’re adding them anyway.
Next up, we made “pork-n-zola” – pork and gorgonzola, that is, our name for a pork and stilton burger that I once had in London’s borough market. Heaven on a bun. It’s quite simple if you have a meat grinder: simply grind 12 oz of moderately fatty pork with about 3 oz of strong blue cheese. This time we actually did use gorgonzola, but any blue cheese will do.
form into patties and broil or pan fry. I think that they’re best served with a bit of thyme and salt, so this time we made buns crusted with za’atar to bring those flavors into the bread.
We then decided to make crab cakes to celebrate the rather late opening of the north coast crab season.
My recipe for crab cakes is:
1 dungeness crab, picked – about 9 oz of meat in the end
1/2 red bell pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
panko to roll the cakes in
Gently saute the sallot to soften it without browning. Let cool. Roast the red pepper, then peel and finely chop.
While these vegetables cool, pick the crabmeat out of the shells. Mix all the ingredients except for the panko in a bowl.
Wet your hands, then form about 1/4 cup of the crab mix into a patty. Roll it in panko to crust it, then set aside on a plate while you make the rest.
Heat 1-2 Tbsp oil in a skillet, then fry the crab cakes until browned on both sides. This usually takes a couple of batches, as you don’t want to crowd the cakes in the pan.
There are so many delicious variations on patties – there were hundreds of things we’d have liked to make, particularly when inspired by the other Daring Cooks. Thanks Audax and Lis for another fun challenge.
The Daring Cooks’ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness! We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!