A difference of 66p! Before starting the experiment I thought the difference would be a bit more than than 66p. It’s a fair assumption that the quality of the products are better from a butchers or local shops, but I’d guess most people would think they were vastly more expensive too, myself included. Maybe you’d think to only use them for a “special” occasion or a treat, and that it is unaffordable or unrealistic to feed the family on a regular basis. I hope this blog helps to disprove this trail of thought.
Now onto the cook itself, for the burgers I finely diced a quarter of the red onion and mixed this with some paprika and red chilli flakes before adding the mince and mixing it thoroughly. Then I split the mixture up into four equal balls ready to make the smash burgers later on. I purposely chose some sweet potatoes that were on the smaller side as in the past I’ve found my timings were a bit out for jacket potatoes on the BBQ. For the veg I sliced the peppers in half and deseeded. I got the Grden Grill fired up about 18:15 to give the sweet potatoes long enough, turning every 20 minutes or so and basting with melted butter and salt. After a couple of beers to settle the nerves I was as ready as I was going to be to go live. I’m really by no means a public speaker - in fact I didn’t even do a speech at my own wedding! But once we went live I didn’t really have time to be nervous as it was pretty full on with Alex asking questions and chatting whilst I got on with the cook.
I’ve started to clean my plancha with half an onion and I’ve found this really helps the cook if I do it before as well. So once the plancha was up to temperature I gave it a once over with the onion before adding a very small amount of oil. Then I placed the burger balls on the grill for a couple of minutes before smashing them down. Once flipped I added the sweet peppers and gave them a baste with the butter too. When the burgers were nearly there I added the cheese (definitely not cheating Alex!) and served up once it had melted.
I have to say I really enjoyed my first live. Alex and I plan on doing this again soon, obviously with a different meal, and I’m really intrigued to see if it is the same outcome with the cost next time.
So we have proved that you can feed a family of four (even though this meal in particular was doubled up and eaten by two!) for under £10, with the ingredients from local shops. I’d encourage you to head out to your high street or local farmers market and help these guys out. They may be slightly more expensive, and the more of these challenges we do will give us a better idea of by how much, but the quality will be far greater.
So thank you Alex, I had a great time and cant wait for the next one!
Stu - Bbqfestu