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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 5, Tuesday

Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions
Potato Crisps with Sage
Sautéed Butternut Squash

Cooking time:   45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

    Okay, Hamburger Steak is an oxymoron, but it sounds more like a nice dinner than Burger Patty..... Whatever - it's easy and delicious. Yes, they're a big.... Make them even bigger if you like.

Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions

Total time: 20 minutes
    Just a big burger topped with cheese and fried onions.  Nothing fancy, simple, 'diner' style cooking... These are Fried Onions, not Caramelized Onions....

Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potato Crisps with Sage

Total time: 55 minutes 
    These get quite a dark, golden brown and very crispy.  If you prefer them softer bake them for 20 minutes rather than 30 before adding the sage.  Based on a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine

Potato Crisps with Sage Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Butternut Squash

Total time: 20 minutes
     Butternut squash, onions and sage, fried to a golden brown... A simple preparation for this savory fall vegetable.  Finish with a bit of fresh pepper and sea salt.  

Sautéed Butternut Squash Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  To clean butternut squash first peel it, using a potato/vegetable peeler.  If it's large (typically) cut it in half between the 'neck' and 'bowl' ends.  Then cut those in half the 'long' way.  Scoop the seeds out of the round end and discard.  I use the neck end for uniform pieces and the bowl end for soups and smaller pieces.

Cooking schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
baking sheet, medium bowl (used 2X), large skillet,
lid, medium skillet

Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Slice potatoes
Combine potatoes, olive oil
Arrange on baking sheet, bake
Add whole sage leaves to oil
Thickly slice onion for burgers
Heat oil in large skillet, add onions, fry
Peel, clean and cut squash, if needed
Chop onion

Add Worcestershire to onions for burgers, stir well
Remove, set aside
Make beef patties
Remove potatoes, add sage leaves, return
Sauté squash and onions
    Pause while everything comes together
Turn potatoes
Return skillet to heat, add beef patties, fry
Stir the squash
Turn beef patties
Add paprika, sage to squash
Add cheese, onions to beef, cover, finish
Remove potatoes
Serve

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