Sunday, July 24, 2011

Burger Frites

I spent the day today cleaning out the freezer, the fridge, and the pantry. Everything went into 3 categories: Will be used this week, too precious not to move, and trash/donation (I guess technically that makes four categories huh?).

In order not to be too wasteful, I tried to use up as much foodstuff as I could. For instance, I pre-make baking mix to keep on hand. Cheaper and easier than bisquick (and I feel better using it). But really, I'm not going to move a bag of flour and baking soda (etc.). And I can't really donate a big bag of white stuff anywhere. So this morning we had pancakes for breakfast, and then I used the remaining mix to make biscuits we could use in place of bread with our dinners this week.

Cleaning out the freezer revealed some frozen pie dough, which I used to make a quiche for lunch this week (and an excellent way to use up some broccoli, turnip, spinach, and mushrooms I had that were also not going to get moved). And then a pie (filled with cherries and peaches - also probably not worth moving. Although I could probably finish all our fruit fairly easily).

The freezer also revealed a bag of frozen french fries. Between you and I, I don't even know how old this bag of fries is, but I can guarantee they're not recent. I know this, because I used to purposely keep frozen bags of fries for when I was drunk and snacky. Much safer than trying to cut my own potatoes. And the last time I was drunk was in January.

Fries are usually easy to use up. They go with just about anything, right? I especially love premade fries or leftover fries for steak frites. I like homemade ones better as a side dish. But we're all out of steak. We did have some ground beef in the freezer, and burger is really just ground up steak anyway, right? So why take your typical burger and fries and reinvent it as steak frites? I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this twist, and I know I won't be the last to enjoy it.

Burger Frites
1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 egg
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup sour cream
Your favorite french fries of choice
  1. Combine beef, salt and pepper, lemon juice and egg and form into 6 small paties
  2. Melt butter in a skillet and brown the patties on each side.
  3. Remove the patties from the skillet and remove the skillet from the heat. Whisk the sour cream into the dripping and re-heat without boiling.
  4. Place the patties on your french fries and pour the sauce over.


  1. There's something very satisfying about cleaning out your freezer....and then filling it up again.

  2. I'll bite :-). They look wonderful and are meant to be devoured.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I have a bag of frozen fries in my freezer also! And I can't even remember the last time I was drunk!

  4. Great job using up your freezer stash. And happy cookbook winning day. Hooray!

  5. So impressed with you using all you stuff up. I have similar drunk snacky food stashed. Last time I went to eat it I found the baby sitter already got to it. Better her then me.

  6. wow! this looks quite sinful. love it! just found your blog, can't wait to browse around :)