Friday, November 4, 2011

Carrot and Potato Meat Sandwich


While I was growing up, my mom looked for ways to sneak healthy ingredients into food. I never thought Jan and I would have to do the same thing for our own kid. Our daughter is notorious for her vegetable avoidance tactics. Because I can't feed her pureed veggies through an IV drip, Jan has had to look for better ways to make vegetables less noticeable and more palatable.

This is one of our personal cook's attempts to add vegetables into our kid's diet. I can't say for sure if this is healthy at all. It's fried food after all, but at least she's getting some carrots into her system.

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo ground pork
1 egg
Carrots, minced
Potatoes, minced
1/4 tsp salt, adjust to your taste
1/4 tsp pepper, adjust to your taste

Procedure:

1. Whisk egg and mix with ground pork. Add some of the salt and pepper into the mixture.

2. In a separate bowl, mix carrots and potatoes and add the remaining portions of the salt and pepper.

3. Form small flat patties with the mixture.

4. Divide patties into pairs. Top a patty with minced carrots and potatoes and cover with a second patty. Arrange the other pairs in a similar way.

5. Heat oil in a pan and fry patties on both sides. Serves 4.

Wife's Verdict: We could've just mixed the carrots and potatoes into the meat mixture but sandwiching them between the meat actually made the texture more interesting. The potato bits in particular were both crunchy and soft and mixed well with the juicy meat. The carrots lent a faintly sweet flavor that gave balance to the typical salted flavor of patties.

Jan's Quip: "We all took a bit of time to start eating vegetables."

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