Hamburger Steaks...

Why is it that television Chefs are usually men?....Do guys have some ingrained sense of "adventure"...and it spills over to their cooking style?..I just don't know...I've know some pretty adventurous ladies.....but...in my family, most of the men are the outstanding cooks..now, don't get me wrong..the women can throw together a great meal...but, I'd much rather eat my Grandpa's cooking...than Grandma's....

I remember watching my Grandpa cook hamburger steaks once...he was over visiting us...and lunchtime came, so he volunteered to cook....now...for those of you who have ever cooked a hamburger steak...you'll know that it's pretty hard to screw up....you flatten out some ground beef...throw it in a frying pan...and cook it till it is done...presto...you're done.....but, Grandpa did it differently...

..salt...pepper...tobasco... worchestershire sauce... garlic salt... parmesan cheese... basil...and even a dash of ground cloves....all of these things went onto that pile of beef...I watched as he worked all of the ingredients together with his hands....at one point, he called me over....he took a handful of beef, and lifted it to my nose...and said…"What do you smell, son?".....I could smell the cloves....the garlic....the cheese....he grinned wide when I told him this....and he let slip a bit of wisdom..."Here is the secret to cooking meat, boy...if you can smell the scent of the meat, then you aren't ready to cook it"...that has been the single most useful tip on cooking that I've ever received...and to this day, my spaghetti is the best...you can make your sauce any way you want...but...if you prepare the meat correctly BEFORE you start, then you're on to a winner...regardless of what tomato sauce you use..

I don't know where he learned it....and I KNOW he never saw any of those damn TV cooking shows....but, he was one of the best cooks I've ever met...

by Eric on January 11, 2004 | Comments(4) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

He may have been self-taught. I've discovered in my cooking adventures that your best guide to adding spices is your nose. I've had a mess of different ingredients that I combined and spiced entirely on how they smelled, and that was the best tasting meal I've cooked(my guests loved it).

I think the best cooks discover their cooking secrets on their own.

posted by: Jack on January 11, 2004 11:23 AM

look for paula deen on the food network - a solid down-home cook and entertaining as only a southern belle can be.

posted by: victoria on January 11, 2004 03:52 PM

I think you may be right, Jack...I also think that people who truly enjoy eating make better cooks...probably something about the gusto of life and such...

Thanks Victoria...I'll have to check her out..

posted by: Eric on January 12, 2004 04:06 PM

The men in my family steer clear of the kitchen. Cooking is serious business to the women in my family, but the men are left with an awesome alternative, the grill outside :) Typical southern family I say. Anyways, let me let you in on a southern secret . . . www.jesshall.com My husband and family swears by this.

posted by: Amber on January 16, 2004 08:08 AM