Fast Food

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Still, supposing you want to watch some mind numbingly dull sporting event on telly, and it happens to be tea time. Maybe you’ve invited a few chums over to join you? Here’s a couple of quick, easy and not too healthy treats that are sure to go down well.

“Hamburger” With Tomato and Gherkin Relish

ham burger

  • a ham or gammon joint
  • a burger bun, fried egg and slice of pineapple for each person
  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • 5 to 10 gherkins depending on how big they are, chopped into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • seasoning

Cook the ham. I prefer to slow cook, using cola/ Dr Pepper/ rootbeer as the cooking liquid.

To make the relish, cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters and put into a bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar, a generous pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper. Mix well, then add the olive oil, gherkins and chives.

Fry the eggs, toast the buns and cut a generous slice of ham for each person. Fill each bun with a slice of ham, a pineapple ring and a fried egg. Serve the relish on the side.

gerkin salsaSadly, I forgot to take any proper photos of this next one, we were too busy eating!

Bacon Cheeseburger Bomb

burger bomb

Makes about 8

  • a batch of pizza dough ( )
  • 500g beef mince
  • streaky bacon
  • Swiss cheese or mild cheddar or processed cheese slices
  • gherkin slices
  • tomato sauce or a tomato burger relish
  • a beaten egg
  • sesame seeds for sprinkling

Make the dough.

Gently fry the mince with a little oil, until cooked. Season with salt, pepper and a dash of Worcestershire or Tobasco sauce. Allow to cool.

Cook the bacon until crispy. Preheat the oven to 190ºc/ 170 fan/ gas mark 4

Divide the dough into eight pieces. Roll each piece into a  6 inch/ 15cm disc.

Put a heaped spoonful of beef, a slice of cheese, a slice of bacon (cut in half), a few slices of gherkin and a blob of sauce inthe centre of each disc.

Wet the edges of the dough and bring them together, squeezing the edges until sealed. Pop the burger bombs on a baking sheet. Brush with beaten eggs and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the oven until nicely browned on top. I can’t remember how long it took, so keep an eye on them!

Get your mates to bring the brewskies. Go team!