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Hamburger steak had become a classic Japanese dish despite being introuced to their cuisine only a short time ago. Nonetheless, it’s one of those basic recipes that appears in anime all the time, and every Japanese kid seems to know how to make. Shirou, from Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family makes this hamburger steak to serve to Kiritsugu in an attempt to make him proud. AWWWWWWW.
Is there any surprise that this totally works, and that Kiritsugu is totally happy with the meal?
Hamburger steak in and of itself is nothing too difficult to make. You take your meat mixture, mix it with crumbs, egg, spices, and onions, smash into patties, and fry up. Easy, right? Totally. This isn’t the first time I’ve done such a recipe. I’ve made hamburger steak from at least one other show- Erased- if not more. What I thought was great about this recipe is that it does two things differently from other hamburger steak recipes I’ve seen and tried.
First, according to the translation of the recipe, it uses only beef. This is unusual because a standard hamburger steak mixture is half ground pork, half beef. In Japanese super markets you can find these meats pre-mixed and packaged for the sake of convenience. However, in America, this is not something you commonly see at grocery stores, ever. Meaning that if you want to follow most hamburger steak recipes, you need to buy two meats, and you always have leftover, and it’s just kind of annoying. This recipe circumvents that trouble, and it also means that the hamburger steak has a more pronounced beef flavor, as opposed to a milder pork/beef mixture, which I prefer.
Secondly, this recipe uses half caramelized onions, half raw onions. As I’ve seen it before, the onions have always been caramelized, which adds sweetness to the mixture. Leaving half the onions raw before mixing together with the other ingredients ensures that the final product has a bit of a sharper contrast in each bite, compared to the single note of onion sweet that comes with caramelization. I think this was a total win, and the overall recipe was one of my favorite that I’ve ever made.
Finish off with a Monter au Buerre, which is just a fancy way of saying a butter sauce (in this case, a butter wine sauce *DIES*), and you have the best weeknight dinner around.
Click to watch the video below to see the full process, get the answers to my burning questions, and to see the results of this little science experiment.
Ingredients for Hamburger Steak
-1 lb hamburger (beef)
-1 yellow onion/ diced and divided
-1/2 cup Panko
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 tsp black pepper
-Red wine (~1-2 cups)
-1 tbsp okonomiyaki sauce
-1 tbsp ketchup
-2 tbsp butter
To Make the Hamburger Steak
1. Caramelize half of the onion. Dice it, and then in a pan on low heat, sauté onion in a bit of olive oil until nicely browned and sweet, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine beef, panko, nutmeg, pepper, egg, and both caramelized onion, and raw diced onion. Mix together with hands until all ingredients are well combined and mixture is sticky.
3. Divide evenly into 4 patties, and slap meat back and forth between hands before forming into patty shapes. This helps to get rid of any air in the patty and to prevent cracking. Chill for 30 minutes in fridge.
4. Cook on high heat with a little oil for about 1-2 minutes, or until one side is browned. Lower heat to medium and cover. Cook about 6 minutes, or until patty is brown up the sides. Flip, and cook other side, about 6 minutes, or until juices run clear. Finish patty by turning heat to high for a minute to brown that side. Then, remove patties from pan and cover with foil. Keep warm.
5. In the same pan over medium heat, make the sauce. Add in the wine, okonomiyaki sauce, and ketchup. Whisk together and let simmer 1-2 minutes. Turn heat to low, and whisk in butter. As soon as butter has been whisked in completely, take off heat and serve with hamburger steaks.
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