SousVide Supreme Party Food Made Easy - Mini Burgers

Last month I made a selection of starter course dishes that were all ideal for entertaining and were made using The SousVide Supreme water oven.  With Christmas and New Year coming up fast, thoughts turn to party food.  This is the first of a few party food ideas I will be posting which can be prepared in advance, ready to cook using the Sous Vide cooking method.  

These tasty, juicy mini burgers can be made now and frozen in the special vacuum pouches ready to pop into the water oven on party day.  To serve, all that's left to do is a 30 second turn in oil in a very hot pan to give the burgers colour,  assemble, serve and enjoy!

The fantastic thing about this method of cooking is your burgers can sit in the water oven for hours and they will still be cooked to a perfect medium-rare (or however you choose) ready to brown, they're ready when you are.  

What exactly is Sous Vide?
Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) means “under vacuum” in French, and sous vide cooking is a gourmet culinary technique long used by chefs worldwide.

Instead of good cooking relying on perfect timing to cook, sous vide relies on precise temperature control, but once you've set the temperature on the machine you don't have to fuss about it anymore - just leave your food to cook.

Thanks to The SousVide Supreme you can now have one of these amazing machines in your own home as their range is especially designed for home kitchens.  The Sous Vide method takes the guess work out of cooking, so anyone can create for example the perfect medium-rare steak just as you'd find in a top restaurant - at home.

Food to be cooked is first sealed in a special pouch and sealed with the vacuum sealer that's included in the SousVide Supreme Promo pack.

You can read in more detail about The SousVide Supreme in my previous post here.

Print Recipe

To make 18 mini burgers you will need:
1kg of good quality minced pork
8 rashers of rind-less smoked back bacon, finely chopped
1 large red onion - peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
good pinch of black pepper
a pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons Chipotle paste (I like Discovery brand)
 olive oil, for browning

To Serve:
18 mini burger buns
Slices of your favourite cheese
Baby gem lettuce leaves - torn
Slices of tomato and onion
Your favourite burger BBQ relish

You will also need 2 x 1 gallon sized pouches

How to do it:
Fill the SousVide water oven and set the temperature to 56.5 for medium-rare (60c for medium or 65.5c for medium-well).
Fry bacon in an oiled pan for about 5 minutes until almost cooked through.
Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until it is tender and the bacon is starting to crisp.  

Sprinkle in the smoked paprika and stir to mix. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat, draining excess fat on kitchen paper and leave to cool.

Put the pork into a big bowl along with the salt and pepper.  Add the chipotle paste and the now cooled onion and bacon and mix together using your hands.  Take care not to over mix or the burgers will lack texture.  Shape the mixture into balls the size of golf balls and flatten into patties.

To cook in the Sous Vide you need to put the burgers into 2 x1 gallon pouches (9 burgers in each) spaced out and in one single layer and unsealed at this point.  So that the burgers don't misshape during the vacuum sealing process you need to pop them into the freezer for about an hour before vacuum sealing and then you can either pop back into the freezer to use another day, or continue to cook in the Sous Vide. 

When you're ready to cook make sure your SousVide is set at the your chosen temperature, I did mine medium-rare 56.5c.  Leave the burgers to cook for a minimum of 2 hours.  Once they're ready remove from the pouch, taking care as the steam will be hot.  Pat dry on kitchen paper add a little oil to a pan till and heat till it's very hot.  Pop the burgers in and brown for just 30 seconds each side.  

Now all you need to do it assemble your burgers adding lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese or of course whatever else you fancy and serve. 

You can find more delicious Sous Vide recipes over at my friend Karen's blog Lavender and Lovage.

Disclaimer: I was sent a SousVide Supreme Promo Pack which consists of:  a SousVide Supreme water oven, Vacuum sealer which includes 10 pouches.  2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide cookbook

RRP: £506:98 (£422.48 excluding VAT) it is mine to keep in return for blog posts and a total of twelve recipes.

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