Knife-and-Fork Burgers with Stewed-Vegetable Gravy

December 2009
Knife-and-Fork Burgers with Stewed-Vegetable Gravy

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"I love stews once the colder months settle in on us. But when I want stew in a hurry, I turn to this knife-and-fork burger version."

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 fingerline potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 small ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A few sprigs thyme, leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for spreading
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sandwich-size sourdough english muffins, split
  • Extra-sharp aged white cheddar crumbles, for topping
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons EVOO over medium heat. Add the potatoes, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Make a well in the center of the vegetables, add the butter and cook until melted. Add the flour, stirring for 1 minute. Add the stock, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the parsley and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Form 4 patties, thinner at the centers for even cooking. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon EVO over medium-high heat. Cook the patties, turning once, for 8 minutes for medium-rare.
  3. While the burgers are cooking, toast and butter the english muffins.
  4. On each of 4 plates, place a muffin half; top each with a patty and spoon some stew on top. Top with the cheese and chives.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Saranac Adirondack Lager (NY)
Tip
  • If your butcher's at the meat counter, ask him to coarsely grind the sirloin.
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