Stella’s Bannock Burgers

March29

I met Stella while I was teaching up in Thompson, Manitoba.  As is often the case, my students teach me as much I teach them.  I learned a great many things about living in the “north” and about perseverance when times are less than opportune. 

Stella has a catering business called Laurayne’s Catering Services and she was willing to share this prized recipe with me.  I have not had a chance to make it since I arrived home this past weekend but wanted to post it here, in case it turns to summer again soon.


Stella's Bannock Burgers
Recipe type: Entree
 
Ingredients
  • Stuffing:
  • 4-6 Italian sausages, casings removed, choose spiciness as desired
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • cajun seasoning as desired, if sausages not as hot as you'd like
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 T butter to add to mashed potatoes
  • Bannock:
  • 4-6 c all-purpose flour (can use whole wheat flour)
  • 3 T baking powder
  • 3 c lukewarm milk
  • melted lard for frying
Instructions
  1. Stuffing:
  2. Saute the sausage and meat together until cooked through.
  3. Drain and cool.
  4. Mix together the meat and potatoes with your hands.
  5. Add s & p to taste.
  6. Bannock:
  7. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl starting with 4 c flour.
  8. Make a well in middle and add milk.
  9. Mix until moist.
  10. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  11. Knead dough and continue to add the 2 c of flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  12. Roll dough out with a rolling pin roll to approx. pie crust thickness.
  13. Cut dough into large triangles.
  14. Stuff the filling into the dough triangle and then wrap the edges around the filling, sealing the edges.
  15. Gently press flat.
  16. Fry in melted lard, turning once.

I understand that the bannock can also be grilled on the barbecue or it can be skewered and cooked camp fire style.  We often have late night snacks around the campfire at the lake and I am going to for sure make these for the May Long weekend.

Kath’s quote: “A Hamburger is warm and fragrant and juicy. A hamburger is soft and nonthreatening. It personifies the Great Mother herself who has nourished us from the beginning. A hamburger is an icon of layered circles, the circle being at once the most spiritual and the most sensual of shapes. A hamburger is companionable and faintly erotic. The nipple of the Goddess, the bountiful belly-ball of Eve.” -Tom Robbins

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