Hamburg Steak w/Curry
It really is a feat to cook for ten people. After going about my crazy project of making hamburg steak and curry for about nine friends, I have gained a lot more respect for chefs who make massive amounts of food.
I must say that the prep work was probably the toughest, because peeling potatoes gets really tedious. Good thing I had an extra set of hands in Kaps, who helped me peel while I carved out the eyes. I also chopped carrots, chopped onions, minced garlic, and diced ginger.
The rest of the work was the meat… A whole lot of meat. I must have had about 8 lb of ground pork and beef combined. It was quite difficult to mix in all the other ingredients, especially since I had to do so on a flat surface. Then I had to toss the meat into patties, which I recruited Ninja-Kitty and K-Mart to help do. (We ended up having more than enough patties, so I guess I overestimated…)
That's me, trying to work with my large lump of meat...
The patties were fried afterward, although K-Mart was much better at this than me since I don’t have much experience working with meat. The only other time I made hamburg was with pork, which cooks much faster.
The curry was really fun to make though. I added some oriental curry powder, ginger, and garlic in addition to the curry blocks for a better flavor.
Most of everyone really liked the food, but I’m not proud of it at all this time. Maybe it was my lack of meat experience, or maybe I just sacrificed too much quality to meet my quantity requirements, but I didn’t think my hamburg steak or curry turned out that well. I thought the beef:pork ratio was too high, making it taste more like a typical hamburger than anything else. I should have used more pork and milk to soften the texture… I also wasn’t a very good judge about how well cooked the patties were. The curry was decent, but it’s pretty hard to mess up on that when you’re cooking with the blocks. Well I suppose my unsatisfactory job just means I will have to learn from my mistakes next time!