I am so excited to share my delicious recipe of a great combination of lean, cholesterol lowering Ostrich burgers with mealie meal (corn meal in the USA) bread that is crammed with carbohydrate energy. The addition of minced dried fruit compliments the ostrich by giving it a slightly sweet flavour. These ingredients are truly South African and cooked over the coals makes this a perfect and healthy dish to share with family and friends. Top it off with a delicious red wine reduction, and your meal is bound to be a success.
For those of you who do not live in South Africa or perhaps don’t have access to ostrich meat, these burgers are equally as delicious if made with lean beef mince.
Ostrichs are farmed extensively in South Africa. The meat is a very “red meat”, similar in colour and taste to beef, but it does not have fat marbling as beef does. It can be bought as steaks, mince or sausages. It is lower in fat grams per serving compared to chicken and turkey, and much lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.
- Drostdy-Hof Pinotage (or red wine of your choice)
- 500g ostrich sausage (or lean mince, or beef mince)
- 1 Tablespoon chutney
- 250g mixed dried fruit (pips removed)
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Chopped coriander (cilantro)
- For the flatbread
- 2cups mealie meal(or corn meal)
- 2cups plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil + extra to brush on when cooking
- Enough water to bind
- For the burger patty:
- In a large saucepan add 500ml of the red wine with 3 teaspoons sugar and reduce the mixture by boiling, until sticky and thick.
- In a food processor, chop the mixed dried fruit into small pieces.(make sure to remove any pips )
- Cut the skin off the sausages and squeeze out the sausage meat (if using sausages) or just place the minced meat into the food processor.
- Add the cumin, coriander , salt and pepper to taste and blend.
- Add the chutney and 1 egg to bind the mixture.
- Form into big burger patties (this mixture will make 6 large patties)
- Roll in flour to seal the patty.
- If using the barbecue, make sure the fire is hot and place on the fire for a few minutes on each side to chargrill it. Ostrich should be pink in the middle.
- Serve the burger over the chargrilled flat bread and drizzle the red wine reduction over the patty. Add onions, tomato and lettuce or your favourite salad to make a large healthy burger.
- For the flatbread:
- Mix the mealie meal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- Add the oil and enough water to bind the mixture together. If the mixture is too sticky add more flour until the mixture is a dough like consistency and the mixture does not stick to your hands.
- This mixture can be used immediately, or left overnight.
- Form balls and then flatten with your hands. Brush with oil. Makes 12.
- Cook on an open fire, barbecue, or in a pan with a small amount of oil for about 4-5minutes each side.
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