Southern Snacks Cookbook

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I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Pork, Sage and Apple Burgers

Familiar is good.  A good, juicy burger with melty cheese on a soft bun.  Maybe some fries on the side.  But different is good too.  And this pork, sage and apple burger fits that bill perfectly.  Juicy pork kept moist with tart green apples and tangy onions – a brilliant combination that will make a difference in a weeknight meal, or impress your friends with an exciting burger twist. And kids will love these too.  A side of sweet potato fries are a good match.

Pork, Sage and Apple Burgers

I love these served on an onion roll with caramelized onions, and maybe some melted fontina cheese.  This recipe makes 8 burgers, but they freeze beautifully if that’s more than you need.

2 pounds lean ground pork

1 medium Granny Smith apple

1 medium red onion

6 Tablespoons plain bread crumbs

1 large bunch fresh sage

salt and pepper

Put the pork into a large bowl – it is easier to work with if it is not too cold from the fridge.  Grate the apple and the onion together (this can be done in the food processor).  Add to the pork in the bowl.  Add the bread crumbs to the mixture and work together with clean hands until everything is well blended. 

Finely chop the sage and add to the mixture with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper, and continue working until completely mixed. 

Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and form into patties.  Refrigerate until ready to use, or wrap each tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.

To cook, brown on both sides in a skillet.  Transfer to a 375 degree oven and cook until done through, about 20 minutes.

Makes 8 burgers


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