The month of May is “National Hamburger Month” and is celebrated each year by a huge amount of people. This months special celebration should not be confused with May 28th which is “National Hamburger Day.” Did you know that the word hamburger comes from the Hamburg steak, (pounded beef) which originated in the German city of Hamburg? The term “hamburger” was first recorded in English in the year 1884 but was probably used much earlier. The recipe was brought to North America by large numbers of people emigrating from Germany at the time. The form hamburger steak first appeared in a Washington state newspaper in 1889. The first recipe close to the current idea of a hamburger, using ground beef mixed with onion and pepper dates from 1902.
- Americans consume 14 billion a year and buy 5 billion hamburgers
- “Speedy” was the original mascot for McDonald’s
- McDonald’s is the most popular burger restaurant in the U.S.
- White Castle is the oldest continuous running hamburger chains
- 1945 was the year the first self-serve McDonald’s opened
|Courtesy from "Taste of Home"|
Yield: 2 servings
2 tablespoons dry un-flavored bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped green or red sweet pepper
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper
1/2 pound of lean ground beef
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
Spaghetti or toasted roll, optional
In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef and sprinkle 1 tablespoon Pecorino Romano cheese over the mixture; mix well. Shape into two patties. In a large skillet, cook patties for 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Combine the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning; pour over patties. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serve on top of spaghetti or on a toasted roll. Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah.
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