This is an Asian flavored hamburger and onion/pepper dish..this is not something you would think of as Jewish cooking but as I've been cooking my way through this cookbook I'm finding that just about any food from many countries have become "Jewish" as they've traveled through the world. The name of this recipe could also be considered Japanese. Bachan is grandmother in Japanese and a lot of times we abbreviate that to Bachi as an endearing nickname,what my cousin's kids call their Bachan.
BACHI'S BRAISED MINCED BEEF PATTIES WITH ONIONS
11/4lb ground beef
4-6 cloves coarsely chopped garlic
3-4 onions depending on size- 1 finely chopped, 3 sliced
1-2 Tbsp soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1-2 bell peppers cut into strips
salt and pepper to taste
Place the ground beef, half the garlic and chopped onions in a bowl and mix well. Season with the soy sauce and salt and pepper. Shape into 4 large patties or 8 small patties.
Heat oil in a frying pan on high heat and sear each side of patties quickly on each side. Remove from pan.
Turn down the heat to medium and add the onions and green peppers season with salt and pepper and saute until onions are getting soft, add the remaining garlic and saute until the onions have begun to brown.
Add the burger patties back into the pan, cover and cook on medium low heat until desired doneness. About 5 minutes for medium rare.
Serve the patties on the bed of onions and peppers. Serve with a side of white rice.
* mushrooms would be a good substitute for the bell peppers. A sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds would also be a good addition just before serving.