Meat patties with potatoes, also known as beef cutlets, are incredibly delicious appetizers loaded with flavorful spices and herbs. These timeless beauties are popular for a reason!
MEAT PATTIES OR BEEF CUTLETS
There are different versions of this appetizer around the world and they are known by a variety of names – cutlet, patties, kotlet, tikkis, kababs, croquettes and such.
I am sharing with you an Indian version. These are a popular snack in South Asia, particularly in the state of Kerala.
It is quite easy to make these using ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, mashed potatoes and lots of flavorful herbs and spices. The breaded mixture can be pan fried or baked (broiled) for a healthy version.
The best thing is how easy they are to freeze before or after frying. So are quite handy.
HOW TO MAKE MEAT PATTIES (CUTLETS)
Below is an outline of the steps to make perfect beef patties with mashed potatoes:
- Boil potatoes and cool.
- Saute onions, brown the beef and cook until well done.
- Add spices, herbs and salt.
- Then add crushed potatoes and combine it all to a smooth mixture.
- Shape the mixture into oval or round cutlets.
- Dip each cutlet into beaten egg, then bread crumbs and press it gently.
- Shallow fry at medium for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides until golden brown.
- Or broil at high for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides.
COOK’S TIPS FOR CUTLETS
- I prefer to buy organic potatoes and typically cook it with the peel. This prevents the loss of good nutrients.
- If patties are fried at optimum temperature and you do not reuse the same oil, then oil absorption can be kept at minimum.
- The time needed for broiling to a golden brown may differ with each oven. Check after two minutes for each side and broil further as needed.
- Make Ahead: Meat cutlets can be breaded and frozen a day ahead. Thaw them prior to broiling or frying,
- Frozen Patties: These can also be kept frozen for couple months. Freeze the patties before or after frying. Thaw and use.
ARE BEEF PATTIES HEALTHY?
These beef patties or cutlets are made with 90% lean beef, cooked potatoes, spices and herbs. Beef is a very good source of protein, some B vitamins (B12, Niacin, B6), zinc, selenium, phosphorus and a good source of iron.
Whereas, potatoes are a rich source of potassium, a mineral which helps with blood pressure regulation. They are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and fiber. The herbs, turmeric and other spices add to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Choose grass fed beef for its relatively superior nutrition quality, as it is richer in CLA (conjugate linoleic acid) and omega-3 fats.
The broiled patties are lighter, obviously. But they are also pretty tasty.
Broiled or Fried Patties?
It depends on what else is on the menu. If it is served with boiled rice and a light gravy dish; then couple of shallow fried patties can be fine.
But if it is part of a sandwich with rich condiments or ingredients, then choose the broiled version. And you will absolutely not be able to tell the difference. The panko bread crumbs ensure a crisp exterior on broiling.
WHAT TYPE OF MEAT TO USE FOR MAKING CUTLETS?
You can use ground beef, lamb, goat, chicken or fish (Fish Patties).
HOW TO SERVE MEAT PATTIES?
These meat patties can be served as an appetizer, snack, side dish or can be used to make sandwiches
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Meat Patties With Potatoes (Beef Cutlets)
- 1 lb potatoes organic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion medium, chopped, 1½ cups
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 1 tbsp garlic grated
- 1½ lbs ground beef 90% lean meat
- 1½ tbsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin ground
- 1 tsp coriander ground
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeno pepper
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
- 1 tbsp mint chopped or 2 tsp dried
- 2 eggs large (some leftover)
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup peanut oil for shallow frying, 2 tbsp will be leftover after frying
Beef Cutlet Mixture
- Place potatoes in a cooking pot and cover with water until fully submerged. Bring water to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until potatoes are cooked well. Use a knife or fork to check if they are done. Drain the water and let the potatoes cool.
- Heat oil in a cooking pot, add chopped onion and sauté until it has softened. Then add the ground meat and stir while letting the juices evaporate.
- Add all the spices and mix. Let it cook on a low flame until the meat is well done. Then stir in the salt and herbs. Let the mixture cool down.
- Crush the potatoes and add to the meat mixture. Mix very well. The mixture should feel like a dough and easily moldable.
Shaping Meat Patties or Cutlets
- Divide the mixture into 24 portions. Roll each portion into a ball shape and then flatten it into a round or oval disc. Keep them aside.
- Set up the breading items. Beat the egg (I actually beat two eggs, and half of that was remaining at the end). Spread the bread crumbs in a flat plate.
- Dip each patty in the beaten egg and then dip it in the bread crumbs, making sure to coat all around in each step. Press the patty gently to make sure the bread crumbs are nicely set on it. Keep the prepared patties aside.
Two ways to proceed – Broiling or Pan frying
- The patties can be broiled at high, about two to three minutes on each side.
- Prior to broiling, brush or spray some olive oil on both sides of the patties.Tip: The time needed to broil to a golden brown may differ with each oven. Check after two minutes for each side and broil further as needed.
Pan Frying Method:
- Shallow fry cutlets in three batches in a skillet that has enough room for eight patties.
- For each batch, heat 3 tablespoons oil in the skillet at medium high. Once the oil is hot enough, slide eight patties and lower the heat to medium and shallow fry both sides for 2 minutes each, until golden brown. Once done, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
- These cutlets can be served as an appetizer, snack or can be used to make sandwiches.
- If patties are fried at optimum temperature and you don't reuse the same oil, then oil absorption can be kept at minimum.
- Make Ahead: Meat cutlets can be breaded and frozen a day ahead. Thaw them prior to broiling or frying.
- Frozen Patties: These can also be kept frozen for couple months to use later. Freeze the patties before or after frying. Thaw and use.
- Nutrition facts are for broiled patties. If the cutlets are fried then it is: 227 kcal, 14 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat.
This post was first published on February 14th 2016 and has been updated with improvements in recipe, photos, formatting, tips, and additional enhancements.