Thursday, May 11, 2017

Menchikatsu (Japanese Style Fried Hamburg Steak)

This delicious fried hamburg patty was a favorite food on mine as a child. To recreate the taste I had stored in my mind, I experimented with many differ ratios of beef to pork before arriving at the perfect ration I captured in my recipe. The inside is tender and juicy. So delicious! I like to use a bit of “Tonkatsu sauce” on top of my Menchikatsu but the fried Hamburg stead is already seasoned very well, so you don’t need too much sauce on top. You can find “Tonkatsu sauce” at most Asian Markets.

Menchikatsu (Japanese Style Fried Hamburg Steak)

·      1lb of ground pork
·      ½lb of ground beef
·      1 onion
·      1 egg
·      ½ tablespoon of Kosher salt
·      1 teaspoon of consommé granule
·      1 tablespoon of brown sugar
·      teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
·      teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
·      ¾ cup of bread crumbs
·      ¼ cup of white wine
·      ¼ cup of whole milk
·      all purpose flour (as needed)
·      beaten eggs (as needed)
·      bread crumbs (as needed)
·      vegetable oil for frying (as needed)
·      Japanese “Tonkatsu sauce” (optional)

1.     In a small bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the white wine and whole milk.
2.     Mince the onion.
3.     In a large bowl, mix together the ground pork, ground beef, minced onion, salt, pepper, consommé granule, sugar, grated nutmeg, and the egg.
4.     Add the soaked bread crumbs into the meat mixture and mix well until it becomes sticky.

5.     Shape the meat.

6.     Coat each patty with flour and dip into the beaten eggs until fully coated, then cover with bread crumbs.

7.     Heat the vegetable oil at approximately 340F and fry carefully in the oil until the bread crumbs are golden brown and crispy. Use a thermometer to check the oil temperature. If possible, fry from the back burner for safety.

8.     Place the fried meat patties in a vertical position on a metal rack, over paper towel covered tray. (The oil drains better in a vertical position.)


9.     Serve with sauce (Tonkatsu sauce) as desired.

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