A few weeks ago, we decided that the kiddo needed to learn how to cook on his own. So Thursday nights became his night to cook. He picks the recipe and he cooks it from start to finish with only a little help from the parental units. Some nights he has more help than others. In the future, I plan to take him to the grocery store with a budget and an ingredient list.
The first recipe the kiddo picked out from one of the recipe books was Saurbrauten Burgers. The recipe called for gingersnap crumbs, which meant I got to eat freshly baked gingersnaps. Yum. The recipe can be found in a previous blog post.
We decided to use wide egg noodles as the base of the dish. I, for one, did not like them. I like the thick egg noodles you use with beef and noodles, but I do not like the thin, wide egg noodles. However, I loved this sauce and the burgers themselves. The kiddo liked the whole thing and has requested to make it again. Amon, on the other hand, thought it was okay but would prefer not to make it any time soon. Next time I think we’ll use a different kind of noodle.
Recipe: Sauerbrauten Burgers with egg noodles
From: All-Time Favorite Hamburger & Ground Meats Recipes, by Better Homes and Gardens, 1980.
The Kiddo and Amon worked together on this recipe. For the most part, the Kiddo did the cooking. But Amon helped him grind up the gingersnaps and they were both in on it when they changed up the recipe.
1/2 c crushed gingersnaps
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/4 c raisins (optional) – We left these out
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb ground beef
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP vinegar
2 TBSP water
1 tsp prepared mustard
A dash of pepper
Hot cooked noodles or rice
The recipe calls for setting aside two tablespoons of the gingersnaps, but the kiddo forgot that part and it tasted just fine. We used the blender to crush up the cookies (and still had enough to nom on while dinner was cooking). Mix together the gingersnaps to some of the tomato sauce, onion, and salt. Once that is mixed up, add the meat and mix again. Divide and shape the meat mixture into four patties and then brown them in a pan.
Here is where we deviated from the book recipe again. Instead of continuing to cook on the stove, we put the burgers in a glass baking dish. After mixing together the rest of the ingredients and the tomato sauce, we poured it over the meat and baked it at 375 degrees.
While that was cooking, the kiddo cooked the noodles according to the package directions. We may have overcooked the noodles…
Overall, it was a good dinner and one I think that we will make again. The kiddo also learned that some times you have to make a thing in order to make a thing.