I also aim to find a copy of the Nancy Drew Cookbook, which contains a recipe for ‘Detective Burgers’. Who could resist such an intriguing name as that? Detective Burgers! Does Sherlock also indulge in these? (Well, more likely Dr. Watson.)
As fate would have it, one of the bloggers that I nominated for the C.B.A., Djinnia and the English Language, owns this cookbook! She took the time to copy out the recipe and send it to me! Thank you, Djinnia! I was never so happy to rush to the grocery for ground beef.
This is a very easy recipe, and it doesn’t really fit our definition of a burger… meat between two slices of bread, yes but it’s more of a Sloppy Joe.
The Detective Burgers are very tasty! I like the brightness of the yellow mustard with the sweet ketchup – in this regard it reminds me very much of a the way fast food burgers are dressed. Another way that the recipe differs from traditional Sloppy Joes is the sauce is not so barbecue-y. Just savory and tangy. This was good news for our boy who is not (yet) a fan of the taste of barbecue (He’s being a rebellious tween. I’m sure he’ll come around.)
Here is the recipe for Detective Burgers from the Nancy Drew Cookbook. What a great way to honor the Titian-haired teen sleuth. And no one has to get conked on the head, or succumb to a chloroform-soaked handkerchief.
From the Nancy Drew Cookbook, by Carolyn Keene
- 2 lb. ground beef
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 cup catsup
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 24 slices of bread or 12 hard rolls
- Peel and chop onion. Sprinkle the ground beef with salt and mix in the onion. Place the beef and onion mixture in a skillet and cook over medium heat until brown. Add catsup, mustard, and chili powder and stir the ingredients together. Cover for 30 minutes. Stir two or three times while cooking.
- Lightly toast the bread slices or cut open the hard rolls and heat them. Spread the meat and vegetable mixture on bread or rolls.
- Nancy has a clue for you: Instead of plain bread, use English muffins, toasted potato bread, or garlic bread. (Serve parsley with garlic bread for a breath neutralizer.)
Note from Hungry Enough: A half-cup of catsup or ketchup is quickly absorbed by all that beef, and I ended up adding in another 1/4 cup, plus a little extra mustard. I also reduced the cooking time down to 20 minutes to keep the mixture from drying out.