Cutlets are just the cutest little appetizer that you can make for a party, a potluck, when you have guests over or when you just want to add something extra special to your family meal.
As you will read below, I bought a tray of diced beef and then made mince out of it. I know its easier to buy mince in a tray, but I found making mince at home makes my dishes turn out much more delicious. I find the mince binds itself together with the rest of the ingredients, and the result is an absolutely soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside cutlet.
How did I serve this? I had an appetizer platter with dips. I baked some tandoori chicken, fried these beef cutlets and had a tamarind chutney and a mint yogurt dip. I chopped some cucumber and salad greens and placed it on the platter, added the meats and the dips and fried some poppadoms … Yes I know I should have taken a pic to show you, but trust me the platter looked gorgeous!
- Put the diced beef in the food processor and mince away. Set aside in a bowl.
- Heat a tbsp worth of cooking oil, to it add the onion, green chilies and the ginger and garlic pastes. Cook on medium low heat till the onions soften.
- Add the garam masala. If you don’t have garam masala, a meat masala will work well too.
- In the bowl of beef mince, add the cooked onion mix and also the mashed potato.
- Season with salt and pepper and mix well so the ingredients are mashed and married up together. Then roll them out into cutlet patties.
- I use panko breadcrumbs for my cutlets cause of the beautiful crunch it gives, if you can’t find it, regular breadcrumbs should do.
- Get your frying station ready. Whisk an egg or two in a bowl, in another bowl have your breadcrumbs. Heat some oil to fry, and have kitchen towels ready for the cooked cutlets to rest on for a few seconds.
- Dip each beef cutlet in the egg and then coat it really well with the crumbs. The well coated it is, the better the crunch I say.
- Fry until golden brown. I had the heat on medium, so it cooked from the inside out.
- Drain on kitchen towels. Serve hot with some mint yogurt sauce or ketchup.