Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Aromatic Lemongrass Patties

I've come across a few recipes, where you know it'll taste good. This one, I was not so sure about, but was intrigued enough to try it. And was pleasantly surprised, at the sweetness of the lemongrass, at how it paired well with the shallots and pork. I think it might do well with the addition of a little heat, and perhaps some fish sauce. My beautiful Bride doesn't think that this recipe is necessarily "Thai", she said that the recipes she remembers are different. I would say it's more Vietnamese. But, this is still good.

Aromatic Lemongrass Patties
adapted from a recipe from Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
300 g ground pork
1/4 cup sliced shallots
1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Put the ground pork in a food processor, add the shallots, lemongrass, salt and pepper and process for about 30 seconds or until the mixture forms an even-textured ball.

Working with wet hands, pick up a scant 2 tablespoons of the pork mixture and shape it into a flat patty 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Place on a plate and repeat with the remaining mixture; do not stack the patties. You'll have 7 to 8 patties.

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil and add the patties. Lower the heat to medium and cook until golden on the first side, then turn over and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until golden and cooked through. As the patties cook, use a spatula to flatten them against the hot surface.

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