More of the Stodgy British Food series. This time it is burger, chips and baked beans. Something that is easy to prepare from food that you may already have in the house.
It’s a good choice for a quick meal at any time of the year. Plus, if appetites are larger, it is easy to add to to make a more substantial meal. See the notes at the end for some ideas on how that can be done.
- 4 Quarter Pounders (125g/4oz burgers) of your choice
- 2 400g/14oz tins Baked Beans
- 450g/1lb Oven Chips
- Brown Sauce or Tomato Ketchup
- thickly sliced Bread
- Butter or similar
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6
- Evenly spread the chips in the base of a roasting pan.
- Place the burgers onto a lightly oiled oven tray.
- Put the chips on the top shelf of the now hot oven and the burgers on a lower shelf. They both take 20-25 minutes to cook.
- After 10 minutes, flip the burgers so they cook evenly on both sides. Stir the chips around so that they brown on all sides.
- Empty the baked beans into a pan and place over a medium heat. Stir regularly to ensure they do not stick. Alternatively, heat in the microwave.
- After 20 minutes, check the burgers and the chips. Return to the oven for a few more minutes if not fully cooked. Exact timings do depend on individual ovens.
- Remove the burgers and chips from the oven. Remember to switch the oven off.
- Divide between 4 serving plates then spoon on the baked beans.
- Butter the bread.
- Serve with slices of the buttered bread plus the optional brown sauce or tomato ketchup.
For larger appetites there are several options. A fried egg would add a lot of substance. Halved tomatoes cooked in the oven at the same time as the burgers and chips would be good too. Fried or oven-cooked mushrooms also add more to this stodgy British meal.
American readers should be aware that these are not the baked beans filled with pork that are common in the US. Look for some that are just beans in a tomato sauce.