In my adult life, living in our own home, one of the tough decisions I have to make is what to have for dinner every night. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful to have a roof over my head and food in the cupboards, and I am aware this is a privilege that so many people do not have. However, I think some of you will understand where I am coming from or even be able to relate to what I’m saying; I struggle to think of new recipes, or even find the time to spend trying new recipes or going through cook books and trying to gather all the ingredients… some of which I’ve never even heard of!
Being in the kitchen, cooking, baking and experimenting with food is one of my fave things to do, I get such a thrill out of being in the kitchen and trying new recipes but on an average day, after a day of work, I really don’t have the time, or energy to do it. Is it that I’m lazy or just normal? (I hope the latter). That’s where Hello Fresh comes in.
*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or in any way connected to working with Hello Fresh. Although, one would love that!
I’ve heard a lot about Hello Fresh, but never really considered it as something I would be interested in, it always seemed like a lot of hassle – I guess I was wrong on that! Recently, I visited my aunty who just happened to be signed up to Hello Fresh and luckily the day we were there, her box was delivered. Anyone else excited by literally any kind of delivery? Haha! We had so much fun going through the box, I was amazed by what came in it and found out I could trial a weeks worth of meals for free – I couldn’t say no to that!
One of the recipes we selected was the ‘Christmas Stuffing Burger’ because quite frankly, it sounds delicious and perfect of this time of year… of course. Robert also said it would be a fun idea to do as a blog post to share my attempt at trying the recipe so… I hope you enjoy!
I actually was pleasantly surprised at how easy the steps on the recipe card were to follow, I was not expecting it to be broken down as much, but I’m glad it was – it means less room for mistakes! As it was all broken down into simple steps, it took away the hassle and required little energy from me.
The recipe included things that I always would turn my nose up to, or avoid on a menu, such as, cranberries and apple – not something I’d normally have in my dinner, or ever, really. But, I put on my big girl pants and decided to try it, so I did exactly what the recipe said, and oh my goodness, I feel like a changed woman. I absolutely LOVED the apple balsamic salad, so I’ll definitely be making this in the future! The cranberries actually went really well with the sausage meat, and added a subtle sweetness to the dish also something I’ll be using again.
Overall I cannot complain, the food was of a great standard and seemed really fresh. Having the portions already measured makes it so much easier and saves so much preparation time, which is handy for after work meals. Also it prevents over eating, or piling up my plate, which I can be known to do sometimes!
Using Hello Fresh for the first time has definitely been a positive experience and something I’ve enjoyed doing. It was fun cooking and attempting the new recipes, especially cooking with ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, and cooking with Robert was fun too. It was a great experience for us to try something new together and become excited about the food we are eating.
Christmas Stuffing Burger
with Wedges and Apple Rocket Salad
- 4 medium baking potatoes
- 2 burger buns
- 1 onion
- 30g grated cheese
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 225g Sausage meat
- apple chutney (optional)
- small handful of dried cranberries
- 1 apple
- rocket leaves
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Chop potatoes into wedges, toss in olive oil and salt. Then spread out on baking tray. Place on top shelf of oven for 30 minutes, turning half way through.
3. Thinly slice the onion, fry on a medium heat for around 6-8 minutes.
4. Roughly chop the cranberries, grate the cheese, and cut the apple into small chunks.
5. In a bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, set aside.
6. In a separate bowl, combine the sausage meat, cranberries and half the cooked onions and shape into 2 burger patties.
7. In the pan, fry the burgers for 11-14 minutes, turning throughout to prevent burning.
8. Add the apple chunks into the balsamic dressing and mix together.
9. With the remaining onions, sprinkle on top of burgers and top again with cheese.
10. Add a lid, or tightly wrap pan in tin foil and heat over a low heat for 3-4 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
11. Half burger buns, and place in oven for 2 minutes to warm through.
12. Add the rocket into the apple balsamic mix and toss in the dressing to ensure it is all covered.
13. Spread apple chutney on burger bun, create your burgers and serve the salad and chips.
I can’t wait to try more recipes with Hello Fresh and feel more inspired by the food I am cooking! I hope that this post was interesting for you, and maybe has given you a festive recipe idea to try this December! Do you have any experience with Hello Fresh or even a festive recipe that I could try? Let me know in the comments below, and help your girl out!
Love, Abby x