Tuesday, 26 March 2013

And I'll never look back, just hold your head up

Last night I had two of my friends over for a night of burgers and brownies. Quite frankly, I'm not sure there's a better way to spend a Monday evening. Or any evening for that matter.

I got this recipe book for my birthday and I literally spend whole evenings gazing longingly (and dribbling a little) at the arghsoincrediblyyummy looking pictures and recipes, so I've been dying to get stuck in and actually make something from the book. I started in quite an odd place for a burger recipe book, going for one of the few veggie offerings instead of a real, meatilicious burger. I blame the halloumi for sucking me in, its just too tasty not to be eaten at every possible moment. 

Needless to say, the halloumi didn't let me down, the burgers tasted INCREDIBLE (even if they did look a bit like fancy baby food in a bun). And since the book was such a success with the first recipe I tried, I'm going to have to make burger night a regular occurrence. 

And just because I'm a nice, thoughtful person, I thought I'd share the recipe for anyone else who's as enthusiastic about burgers, halloumi and sweet potato as I am. 

Sweet Potato and Halloumi Burgers

450g sweet potato
175g broccoli
3 cloves of garlic
1 red onion (finely chopped)
2 red chillis
175g halloumi (plus extra to fry for the tops of the burgers)
2 tbsp flour
Salt and Pepper
1tbsp ground coriander (the recipe said fresh coriander but I decided I wasn't buying a whole bunch just for a tbsp... ground coriander worked just as well!)

Cook the sweet potato in a saucepan until tender (about 15 mins or so should do it). Once it is cooked, drain the water and then mash. 

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into small chunks and cook in a saucepan for about 4-5 minutes. 

In a bowl, get together the garlic, onion, chilli, cheese and seasoning then add the sweet potato and broccoli to the mixture, mixing well until all of the ingredients are incorporated with each other. 

Shape the mixture into 4-6 equally sized patties, pour the flour onto a plate/worktop and coat the burgers in the flour. Then put the burgers into the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C and cook the burgers for about 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Flip the burgers half way through cooking. You could grill the burgers too, I just chose to use the oven because I was making potato wedges and can't use the grill at the same time! 

If you fancy adding a bit of extra excitement to your burgers, fry more red onion in a pan along with the remaining halloumi to add to the tops of the burgers. 

And now on to the second part of my B&B night, I was sucked into the creme egg brownie club after seeing so many people posting pictures of their own versions on twitter and instagram. I already had the brownie mix I got as a birthday present which I posted about here so it seemed like the perfect excuse. Plus, creme eggs were 8 for £1 in Home Bargains so I think it was meant to be.

I haven't got a recipe as such to post since my mixture came from the jar, but I've seen plenty of posts about them including this one on Cat's blog if you want to try them yourself. Which you definitely should do RIGHT NOW. I've ended up eating a few slices this evening and they somehow taste even better cold than they did warm last night. Amazing.


  1. Both of these look amazing!!!! I'd definitely try the burgers out, only I don't like broccoli and I've never tried sweet potato! Are they particularly strong flavours?

    With regards to the brownies, I remembered your tweet about Creme Eggs going cheap in Home Bargains and fate struck when I actually managed to track a store down! They didn't have 8 eggs for £1 though...gutted!

    - Tabitha at scaredtoast.com

  2. Burgers and brownies sound like an AWESOME combination. And you are so right about halloumi- it is the best thing EVER. x

  3. Oooh you finally used your pretty brownie jar :) Gaaah i LOVE the sound of those burgers! I love a good veggie option but oddly never tried halloumi cheese until last Summer - it was a bit like Oh my good god where have i been?!!?

    I may well have to give these a go. Also…dont say whaaaat, but i have never tasted a brownie. I have always wanted too, but never quite seen one that takes my fancy. The Mr keeps threatening to make some of his Dark Chocolate and Black Cherry ones…i think i would probably like those. Gaaah im rambling!

    Loved this post…couldv just said that really. Ho hum xxxxx

  4. I NEED to make those burgers! I'm a vegetarian and absolutely love sweet potato and halloumi, especially in a burger! It looks so yummy!!! xx

  5. soooo hungry now, it looks awesome!!!

    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  6. I need a burger book in my life... amazing!!!!