I always liked to cook with wine or liqueur, therefore I constantly experiment. When I come up with a dish where the wine actually helps the taste and transforms it into something better, the new variation becomes a favorite.
Beef Patties in Red Wine
- 6 tbsp margarine
- 2 red onions, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 lb 7 oz ground beef
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup all’purpose flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Melt 2 tbsp of the margarine in a skillet. Add the onions, add the garlic, and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until softened.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the ground beef, oregano, parsley and egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands until fully combined.
- Shape the mixture into 4 patties, about 1/4″ thick each. Dust with flour, and gently shake off the excess.
- Melt another 2 tbsp margarine with the oil in the skillet. Add the patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Remove the patties to a serving dish, using a spatula. Keep them warm.
- Pour off the fat from the skillet, then add the wine and bring to a boil over medium to high heat. Boil until reduced to about half. Dice the last 2 tsbsp margarine. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the margarine, 1 piece at a time. Wait for each piece to be fully incorporated before adding the next. Pour the sauce over the patties, garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!