When I wrote my column Cheat’s Dinner Party for Stella Magazine, (on which my book Dinner at Mine is based), not only did the 3 course menus have to be quick and easy, (as cooked in only an hour), I had to cook to a very tight budget. A starter, main course and dessert for six people for under £35! This would be impossible now, and was very tight even then, (only a year ago!) but it taught me to be clever with ingredients.
One dish that I kept coming back to because you could stretch a little bit of meat a long way, were little meat patties made with lamb, pork, turkey, or chicken mince. Mixed up with some friendly ingredients and you had some tasty little burgers, low cost, but still stylish enough for a dinner, and tasty as.
Here’s a new one…served with the previous Carrot and Nigella Seed Mash….yum yum yum…..
Leek and Lamb Patties
Made 10, could make 8….
2 tablespoons rapeseed or olive oil
1 leek, sliced and washed really well
2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
2 sprigs thyme, leaves pulled off
1 teaspoon of Dijon
50 g feta, crumbled
10 fat kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
400 g lamb mince
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A little dollop of creme fraiche would be good on top, but I didn’t have any so, I topped with a little cream cheese left over from making a cheesecake….
1. Fry leeks, garlic and thyme in 1 tablespoon of oil until soft. Tip into a large bowl, leave to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the feta, black olives and lamb mince. Season well with pepper and little bit of salt. Divide equally, form into patties, fry in remaining oil for about 3-4 minutes each side.
Serve with carrot mash…….or mash or other mash….