We’ve been away in the US for over a month and just touched down to home sweet home past midnight yesterday. It’s no wonder that the little one requested for his special comfort food the very minute he saw my mum.
What’s comfort food? Comfort food doesn’t need to be complicated or fancy. I guess it’s anything that reminds you of home and family.
In our family, we love this dish that my Grandma used to make. We call it Beef Cutlets and it’s really like a beef potato patty. Whenever my mum cooks this very simple dish, everyone goes for seconds, even little Wey! If you like to eat Bagedil at the Malay Food Stalls, this is rather similar.
My dad tells me that during those early Post War years, food especially fresh meat was expensive and scarce. It was difficult for my Grandma to feed 3 growing boys with a lot of meat because my Grandfather had lost his thriving radio business to the Japanese, and she struggled to make ends meet. My grandma used small portions of meat (minced beef) and combined it with potatoes to keep the family full and nourished. Today, we continue to eat this delicious tasty meal at home (and I suspect with a lot more beef in it) and it’s become comfort food for us all.
When I posted the photo of the delicious beef cutlets my mum made for us today, on my personal Facebook, a friend was interested to know how it’s done. So here’s sharing a family loved recipe from my Grandma, although I think many other Peranakan, Eurasian and Malay families may have their own versions. I’ve attempted this recipe on my own at our new home and little Wey gave me the thumbs up, so it’s certified okay from the very fussy eater! heheh…
Granny’s Homemade Beef Cutlets
4-5 medium potatoes
500 gram minced beef (defrosted)
Half teaspoon of Salt
Dash of Pepper to taste
Cooking Oil in a Wok
1) Put the potatoes to boil in a pot.
2) Remove from pot and peel off the potato skin.
3) Mash potatoes preferably with a potato masher if you have one as the texture will be smoother and more consistent. If using a fork, the potato mash may be a bit lumpy. Leave the mash potatoes to cool down.
4) Combine the minced beef with the cooled mash potatoes evenly. Add some salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Form small beef patties and place them on a plate to set. Be careful not to make them too thick or big, otherwise the centre will not be cooked evenly.
6) Beat an egg in a bowl and start heating up the cooking oil in a wok. Next, dip the beef cutlets in the beaten egg and place them gently into the wok.
7) Drain excess oil and plate up! And there you have a dish of yummy comfort food! Enjoy!
Do try this really simple recipe, it’s almost fail proof 🙂
Little Wey enjoys helping my mum prepare this simple dish and I am glad because he says he will cook this for his babies someday! Hope your family will get to enjoy these yummy Granny Beef Cutlets too!
~ SAys! Audrey 🙂