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Self Battle Royale with Apples.

Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 11:18 pm     English  |  日本語

Backlog backlog backlog. The last 3 months before tax year end is always the busiest time for me every year. On top of my current full time contract work, a few other projects are coming in and out and I’ve got to put my fun stuff aside during this time of the year!

One of the big food blogger events that I have missed is Battle Royale cook-off organised by Billy (A Table for Two), Ellie (Almost Bourdain) and Linda (Eat, Show & Tell) where 11 Sydney food bloggers participated to come up with idea for either a dessert using vegetable or a savoury using fruits. And I was invited to do a savoury dish, but unfortunately I was unable to attend due to high volume of work to do over the weekend. But I have tried and come up with this idea for the event, and I’ll share with you.

So what I was going to cook for the battle? Well, I was in a savoury team along with other fantastic cooks – Ellie, Helen, Minh, Richard and Simon. I knew from the beginning that I would have no way of winning against these guys. And coming up with some ordinary recipe with ordinary ingredients would be just too boring and predictable, right? I had to cook something that everyone goes “No you didn’t make that out of this fruit!” – regardless of what that would taste like ;p

What I have chosen is Granny Smith Apple. I know, I know, it sounds still too ordinary, but here’s my reason for it.
1) It’s got texture that can be easily controlled. Granny smith apple as is (uncooked) can have fibre dense texture, but once cooked it’ll turn into smooth soft texture.
2) It can be sweet & sour or even bland tasted so it’s rather easier to add flavour with other ingredients.

And here’s my Granny Smith Apple hamburg Steak with no meat. I’d say mostly all apple!

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What do you think?

Ingredients
3 coarsely grated Granny Smith Apples
1 cup of grated tofu
1/2 cup of oatmeal
a bit of soy milk – just to combine oatmeal with other ingredients.
2 tea spoons baking powder
2 eggs
chopped and browned onions & mushrooms
2 cloves garlic grated
salt & pepper to season
1 table spoon of sugar
sprinkles of sesame oil
soy sauce and Worcester sauce

Sauce
Soy sauce
Sugar
Squeezed apple juice
Sweet balsamic reduction
Tomato sauce
Mirin
Konbu (Kelp) Dashi soup stock
Finely grated apple
Chopped butter sauteed chopped onions

Rough recipe (Sorry, I don’t cook with detailed measurement!)
Grate apples and squeeze out its juice. Keep the juice for sauce later on.
Combine all other ingredients with the grated apple and mix well.
Shape and panfry until brown.

Sauce
In a sauce pan, combine all ingredients and bring to boil. Depending on the sourness of the apple, add Mirin or sugar. Reduce the sauce until it gets desired thickness.

You know what, I was quite surprised how it actually turned out – in a good way. Because the apples I got was pretty bland tasted that I would usually call “Bad apples”, it pretty much contributed to help creating rather interesting texture to it. And in fact, apple/apple juice works pretty well with soy sauce when it’s combined and reduced.

I took it even further this time. Slice up the apple, slowly cook in a sauce pan with a bit of Dashi, sugar, salt and light. Once it became softer and translucent, place on a kitchen paper and pad dry. Then sand the slices in each hamburg steak mixture.

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Doesn’t it look like it’s got a melting cheese in it? It’s lightly salty apple slices!
I was really keen to present this at the event and see how others think. I’m looking forward to the next one to happen soon!

Make sure to check out these posts and find out awesome dishes these food bloggers have come up with!

A Table for Two: http://www.atablefortwo.com.au/2010/04/28/the-food-bloggers-battle-royale-cook-off/
Almost Bourdain: http://almostbourdain.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post.html
Chocolate Suze: http://www.chocolatesuze.com/2010/04/28/battle-royale-food-blogger-style
Citrus and Candy: http://www.citrusandcandy.com/2010/04/sydney-food-bloggers-battle-royale.html
Raspberri Cupcakes: http://raspberricupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/04/beetroot-desserts.html
Eat, Show & Tell: http://www.eatshowandtell.com/2010/04/26/the-food-bloggers-battle-royale-cook-off/
Grab Your Fork: http://grabyourfork.blogspot.com/2010/05/recipe-lychee-pork-ribs-and-food.html
Here comes the food: http://www.herecomesthefood.com.au/home-cooking/foodblogger-battle-royale-cook-off-2010.html



Discussion

11 comments for “Self Battle Royale with Apples.”

  1. oh yas wish you couldve made it! your hamburg steak looks awesome!

    Posted by chocolatesuze | May 10, 2010, 12:54 am
  2. What a brilliant idea Yas! I love the idea of an apple hamburg steak-it’s so clever! :D

    Posted by Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | May 10, 2010, 5:50 am
  3. Arghh Yas if only you had come! That looks so good, the apple in the middle really did make me think of melting cheese, it looks so golden and gooey!

    Posted by Steph | May 10, 2010, 7:15 am
  4. I so want to taste these burger!! OMG! The cheese that oozing out of the patties!! You could have won the battle easily with them.

    Posted by Ellie (Almost Bourdain) | May 10, 2010, 9:23 am
  5. おお、どう見ても”とろーりチーズインハンバーグだ”でもりんご。。。どんな味なのかひっじょーに気になります。

    Posted by とまこまい | May 10, 2010, 10:16 am
  6. OMMGGG YAASS why didnt you commmeee X( I soooooo want to try these hamburg steaks! The melting apple looks so good, you should had put cheese in too hee hee

    Posted by FFichiban | May 10, 2010, 12:25 pm
  7. That’s awesome dude! I had to check over the recipe for cheese because I seriously thought the apple was cheese. Good work!

    Posted by Phuoc'n Delicious | May 10, 2010, 2:57 pm
  8. you need to introduce some doraemon-like gadget which enables us to taste what you post. i want to eattttt that!!

    Posted by AY | May 10, 2010, 4:38 pm
  9. Very impressive – I thought they were made of meat! Wonder if it would play tricks on your mind when you eat it?

    Posted by Katie | May 10, 2010, 7:44 pm
  10. This looks awesome Yas! I think you would’ve won!! Everyone better watch out for next time! haha j/k ;)

    Posted by Betty @ The Hungry Girl | May 11, 2010, 5:58 pm
  11. man, you would have won with this recipe! Ingenius! I would eat a couple of those! God damn it~!

    Oh, we finally had our Karaoke fix the other night! BHAHAAHAH!

    Posted by billy@ATFT | May 12, 2010, 6:51 pm

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