Retro-food: Hamburger Steak with Fried Onions

Ahhh, Valentine's Day!

A simple day that Hallmark and the chocolate companies have turned into a hazardous minefield for lovers, potential lovers, would-be lovers, friends…. And everyone else.

I just spoke to my mother…. She's upset because only one person sent her a Valentine's Day card: a girlfriend of my sister.

She wasn't expecting any from a mysterious someone in her life…. Just the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews… And all the 'greats' thereof.

What that has to do with Valentine's Day only Hallmark can tell you.

Hallmark: with a card for everyone, from everyone, for every occasion.

To the mother of my friend's sister's husband: Happy Valentine's Day.

To the nephew of my boss's ex-wife's step-daughter's husband's brother-in-law on the occasion of the death of his parakeet: My Sincerest Sympathies.

To the Powers That Be at Hallmark: My eternal gratitude that you have not expanded to France.

Valentine's Day is not a big day chez nous. 

I explained it all 2 years ago, here – in a nutshell how does one celebrate the anniversary of a spectacular break-up?

As it turns out, we do married just fine; we failed miserably at living together.

That, of course, is not true of everyone. 

We became friends with another couple (back when we lived in Minnesota) who had recently started dating each other after a rather nasty divorce – from each other. 

The dating went well, they remembered why they had fallen in love in the first place.

They moved in together and that went well.  Whatever problems they had encountered when married seem to have disappeared.

After a few years had gone by, they re-married.  It was a small, quiet ceremony and all of their friends were thrilled that they were firmly 'back together'.

They divorced, again, less than 6 months later…. This one nastier than the first.

Had they just lived together they would probably still be together…. Unlike us…

As long as I'm tripping down memory lane, how about some retro food?

I grew up in a very small town with very limited employment opportunities.

My mother, my sister and I all worked at the restaurant at various points in our respective lives.

When one works in a restaurant one eats in said restaurant and one gets bored with the food in said restaurant.

This was a favorite stand-by – not on the official menu.

Consider this restaurant comfort food. (I did say this was a small town restaurant, remember)

Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions

Hamburger Steak for two

16oz (500gr) ground beef (mince)
2 onions
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
2oz (60gr) cheese     yellow, something that melts…. I used young Mimolette

Cut the onions into thick slices.  Fry them in the butter and oil in a large skillet until well browned and starting to crisp around the edges.  Move to the side. 
Divide the beef in half and very gently form 2 large patties.  Do not press together.  To be honest, all I did was cut the packaged beef in half….  Add patties to skillet and fry until done to your liking.  We like medium rare, so it was 2 minutes, flip, 1 minute. 
Top with cheese and cover briefly to melt. 
Top with onions, pour yourself a beer and eat.

Dead easy, not gourmet, not healthy…. Delicious!

We can't always be good.

6 thoughts on “Retro-food: Hamburger Steak with Fried Onions”

  1. I want to be able to go to your cheese shop! (Never tried mimolette, but it looks wonderful)
    I am not a big fan of Hallmark. I’ll never forgive them for what they have done to turn normally lovely and caring mothers into monsters on Mother’s Day. And let’s not even get onto the subject of what Hallmark has done to Christmas and Easter!
    I don’t have horror stories to tell about Valentine’s Day though. But I am very grateful to be married to a guy who does NOT go out and waste money on overpriced roses for Valentine’s Day but chooses to make my favourite dinner instead (chili chicken, mountains of stir-fried broccoli and rice). Now THAT’S the way to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Elizabeth, the last time I was in a Hallmark store I actually saw a card to send for a suicide…. I thought that was beyond the pale…. I have instigated a one person boycott. You would love my cheese shop ;-)) And your guy cooked? Mine does for my B-day – but that’s in summer and he uses the barbecue.
    Year on the Grill – the advantages are all legal – insurance, etc. If you don’t need that…. I wouldn’t have bothered myself, but as I said, not being married didn’t work for us….
    Val, E Bulli will be missed – but not as much as a good hamburger would be….

  3. I hate to break it to you but my husband does the cooking almost every night. He finds it relaxing.
    The only things that I make are bread, muffins, chili, soups and stock, and the occasional pasta dishes. And birthday and Christmas cakes.
    I just know that your cheese shop has real cheese. We do have a very good cheese shop that is about a 30 minute bike ride away but every cheese there costs a small fortune. So we get Bflat factory cheese from a nearby shop. And cry when we think of the superiority of even the French supermarket cheeses.
    (I cannot speak. A card for a suicide?! Are they mad?)

  4. Elizabeth, mine used to do more, and always did the chopping, cutting etc. But, since his surgery he’s just gotten out of the habit. At least he still always grates or shreds the cheese for me ;-)) And he does do all the summer cooking.

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