Hemingway with Marlene Dietrich
Ernest Hemingway was a man, larger than life. He was the original foodie, eloquently writing about his 1920’s Parisian culinary experiences in “A Movable Feast,” He wrote of Brasserie Lipp, Cafe Select, and various Parisian Bistros and Cafes, and of eating Oyters, Cervalas, Bresse Chicken, and other culinary delights. When at home in Key West or at his home the
Finca Vigia, Havana, Cuba, besides eating plenty of fish that he caught with his fishing boat “Pilar, ” always deep down the American Boy, Hemingway loved a good old fashion American Hamburger, every now and then. Yes Ernest Hemingway loved Burgers, and in a very specific way, with his own recipe he developed, and wanted it made just this way. Luckily he documented it, wrote down the recipes with his very precise instructions for all the world to see. So, if you are a fan of one of America’s greatest writers, Nobel Prize Winner, “A Man’s Man,” besides trying a Hemingway Daiquiri and Cuban Mojito, you just gotta make yourself Hemingway’s Hamburger. The recipe follows.
The HEMINGWAY HAMBURGER RECIPE
1 pound fresh Ground Beef
2 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced fine
2 Scallions, chopped
1 heaping teaspoon India Relish (Heinz’s Sweet Relish)
2 tablespoons Capers, chopped
1 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Sage
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Mei Yen Powder, or 1/2 teaspoon of ground Black Pepper
1 large Egg, beaten
1/4 cup dry White Wine
Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the icebox for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and make the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else including wine and let the meat sit, quietly marinating, for another ten minutes if possible.
Now make four fat, juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick, and soft in texture but not runny.
Have the oil in your frying-pan hot but not smoking when you drop in the patties and then turn the heat down and fry the burgers about four minutes.
Take the pan off the burner and turn the heat high again.
Flip the burgers over, put the pan back on the hot fire, then after one minute, turn the heat down again and cook another three minutes.
Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.
Place Burgers on your favorite Hamburger Bun, and serve with mustard, salt, pepper, and ketchup on the side.
A HEMINGWAY HAMBURGER
NOTE : If you can’t find Beau Monde Spice, you will need to add a Pinch Each of all these ingredients : Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Nutmeg, and Allspice, and a 1/4 teaspoon of Old Bay Spice.
In French Beau Monde means “Beautiful World, ” and normally when used in a sentence in English, it refers to The Beautiful People.
Mei Yen Powder consists of Salt, Sugar, and MSG.
As many people don’t like to use MSG as it causes headaches for many people, the MSG can be omitted. It really doesn’t matter if you sue Mei Yen powder, just make sure you put a 1/ teaspoon or a bit more of ground Black Pepper into your ground beef.
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