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Hamburger Steak Smothered with Onions.

ELLEN FOLKMAN | Special to the Times

Hamburger Steak Smothered with Onions.

One of our favorite meals at the original Pappas Restaurant in Tarpon Springs was the Greek hamburger steak. It came with well browned onion slices and was well done. We'd love to make it at home. Thank you.

Norma Brown, Weeki Wachee

Fran Galletto of Holiday, Sharon Beckwith of Hernando and Judy Istler of Brooksville share the hamburger steak with smothered onions recipe. The recipe came from Louis Pappas' Famous Greek Recipes. Sharon's cookbook was purchased in the 1970s at the restaurant. Fran and Judy also have copies of the cookbook. The addition of mint is the Greek touch. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe is to prepare. The original recipe calls for broiling 5 minutes more after turning, however I like a medium hamburger steak with no pink so I cooked it an additional 10 minutes. Check them at 5 minutes and cook to your liking from there. When you turn the patties, be careful as they are fragile and will fall apart. Use the largest spatula you have. This dish is full of flavor and would be perfect for entertaining.

Recipe request

Don Sydlik of New Port Richey would like recipe for the Bavarian potato salad from Hofbrau Beer Hall Miami on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Many years ago Shirley Janisko of Lecanto had a recipe called Dobosh Torte that she found in a dessert recipe book. The batter was the traditional cake made with 6 eggs, the egg whites whipped and folded in. The cake was baked in four jelly roll pans and was spread very thin. Each cake was cut in half to make 8 layers. Between the layers was a creamy mocha frosting and the outer frosting was a dark chocolate. She lent my book to someone and never got it back. She would appreciate finding that recipe again.

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Hamburger Steak Smothered with Onions

1 small onion, chopped; 3 to 4 onions, sliced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

3 tablespoons butter, divided

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 pounds choice quality ground beef

½ teaspoon dried mint

2 whole eggs, large

3 slices dried bread, crusts removed

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Saute the 1 chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter and ½ cup olive oil for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl combine the meat, mint, eggs and bread that has been soaked in water and squeezed dry. Add the sauteed onion mixture to the meat mixture and mix well with your hands. Shape patties into ovals, making approximately 6. Place on greased broiler pan, patting them flat to about 1 inch in thickness.

Broil 3 inches from heat for 10 minutes, turn, brush with oil and broil another 5 minutes.

While they are cooking, saute the 3 to 4 sliced onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and remaing tablespoon of butter until tender and lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve the sauteed onions over the hamburger steaks.

Makes 6 generous steaks.

Source: Louis Pappas' Famous Greek Recipes cookbook.

You Asked for It: Louis Pappas' famous smothered steak 03/24/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:36am]
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