Friday, 3 August 2012

Feta and Pepper Sour Dough Burgers

This is a simple and straightforward way of making some home-made vegetarian burgers. The only downside is that you really need to make the dough in the morning if you want this for dinner. If you can't find some sour dough starter then don't worry, you can create your own starter from scratch fairly easily.

Ingredients:

  • 300g sour dough starter
  • 500g strong plain flour
  • 200ml warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sweet peppers, cut in half, stalks and seeds removed
  • 75g (about half a block) feta cheese, sliced lengthwise into 4 slices
  • 4 tsp tomato chutney or piccalilli

Method:

  1. Mix the sour dough starter, flour, warm water and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Kneed it with your hands once it starts to form a ball. You should kneed for 3 to 4 minutes. If it keeps sticking to your hands add a bit more flour and if it falls apart add a bit more water. After adding some water or flour it's worth kneeding for a minute or two as it can take a while for flour to absorb the water.
  3. Shape the dough into a large ball and cover the bowl with a damp tea towel.
  4. Leave to rise for 4 or 5 hours.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and kneed it for a couple of minutes.
  6. Divide into six pieces, roll each into a ball and then place on a greased baking tray.
  7. Cover and leave to rise for an hour or two.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees.
  9. Prepare the halves of the sweet pepper and lightly coat them in oil.
  10. Place the peppers on the baking tray with the bread and bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  11. Remove the peppers and rolls from the oven and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.
  12. Cut open 4 of the rolls and fill each with a spoonful of the chutney, half a roasted pepper and a slice of feta.
Makes 4 burgers with a couple of rolls left over for lunch.

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