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I make simple food with easy recipes and I like to try new things. My family and friends love my cooking and always ask me to share, with them, what I know about food, flavor, and technique.

I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

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Veal Onion Burgers with Spicy Brown Mustard


If you want to talk about comfort foods, this can be at the top of the list. Veal Burgers were a weekly staple in my mother's repertoire of quick and easy meals. With a few modifications I've taken my mom's delicious burger to a new level.

By using whole grain bread crumbs (which I make myself), and adding a few pantry stock ingredients, my Veal Onion Burger is elegant enough for "company" and simple enough for any night of the week.

You will please your family beyond your expectations. Give it a try.

Ingredients...

  • 1 pound ground Veal (this will make 4-5 burgers depending on size)
  • 1/2 cup multi-grain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 packet (2 ½ tablespoons) Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 good dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
Here's how you do it...
  1. Mix the bread crumbs and onion soup mix together in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the beaten egg, Worcestershire Sauce, and warm water to the dry mixture and blend to a soft pasty consistency.
  3. Add the ground Veal and, using a fork, blend well.
  4. Form patties to your desired size. I like to divide the mixture in the bowl into equal parts before making the patties by scoring it with a knife. This helps make sure the patties are more or less the same size.
  5. Place patties on foil lined baking pan.
  6. Set the oven on Broil and adjust your rack accordingly.
  7. Broil the burger 3-4 minutes and then turn them over.
  8. Spread the Spicy Brown Mustard on top of each burger and return them to the broiler.
  9. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until the mustard gets a golden finished look. (see picture)
Serve and enjoy with two healthy sides for a delicious and easy meal your entire family will love.
Let me know how it goes.

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