*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                             Bitoque Provencal
 
 Recipe By     : GDC
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:30
 Categories    : Main Meals                       Meats
                 French
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      pounds        ground beef
      1/3  cup           fresh bread crumbs
      1/8  cup           milk
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
      1/4  teaspoon      pepper
      1/4  cup           flour
    3      tablespoons   butter -- do NOT substitute
    3      tablespoons   sour cream
    3      tablespoons   consomme
    1      medium        onion -- finely chopped
    2      cloves        garlic -- finely chopped
 
 Soak crumbs in milk.  Squeeze crumbs to remove excess milk.  In a bowl, combine
moistened crumbs, ground beef, salt, pepper, onion and garlic.	 Mix well
preferably with your hands.  Form mixture into six approximately 5.5 ounce
patties.  Dredge patties with flour, remove excess.
 
 In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the meat patties and
cook for 5 minutes on each side.  Do not overcook.  Remove patties to a heated
serving dish and keep them warm.
 
 Add sour cream and consomme to skillet and cook for two minutes.  Season to
taste.	Bring to boil, stirring all the time to prevent sour cream from curdling
and constantly keep on scraping the bottom of the skillet until all the brown
meat crust from frying is dissolved.  Pour resulting sauce over the meat and
serve immediately.
 
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 NOTES : This is closest the French come to our lowly hamburger.  It is FAR
tastier and even elegant!