[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipes! Hamburg Stuffed Peppers (Amaama to Inazuma) Hamburg Steak (Flying Witch)

Welcome back again to another wonderfully delicious edition of Eat Like Your Anime Faves. We try to bring you the best looking or most interesting dishes from anime, right to your own table. It’s so simple that even a child could figure it out!

Thankfully, this summer season has given us many cooking anime as well as anime centered on food for us to enjoy. True, we had some in spring as well, as indicated by one-half of this article, but Amaama to Inazuma aka Sweetness and Lightning gives us food and dishes in spades. Thank the anime gods for anime about food. Shokugeki no Souma Ni no Sara does showcase food as well, naturally, and we will begin to cover dishes from this series as well here very soon. But first, let’s go right into our first dish! Hamburg Stuffed Peppers from Amaama to Inazuma!

1. Hamburg Stuffed Peppers from Amaama to Inazuma

In the west, we would probably refer to these delicious morsels as simply stuffed peppers. However, in Japan, they have them too! The differences are few, but enough to make it interesting. One major difference to note here is that the meat is going to be exceptionally tender if done right, and, these peppers do not stand, but rather lay on their sides. Some stuffed peppers do the same, but it seems to be about half and half. This is a very simple recipe and can be completed with little to minimal effort. When these were served up, we knew right away that we had to bring these to you, so without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Get in my belly.

What you will need:( Note: Serves 1-2 people.)

Ground Pork
130g (~1/4 lb)

Small Sweet Onion (White, Vidalia)
1/4th of a small one

Peppers (Green, yellow or red are fine.)
3 Medium sized peppers

Soy Sauce
To season

Flour
To season

Optional Notes:

You can always increase the amount of peppers/meat/veggies as well. This is great for those who struggle to get their veggies in.

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    First, Dice your onion. The more finely you cut it, the easier the next step will be.
  2. 2

    Next, in a bowl using clean hands, mix the meat, onions, and the amount of soy sauce that you want to use, together. Note: the soy sauce really should not be more than a tablespoon for the ¼ lb / 130g of meat you are using. If you increase the amount of meat or ingredients, then you can increase the amount of soy sauce.
  3. 3

    After washing them thoroughly, carefully cut your peppers in half vertically. Take out all of the seeds and pith, and discard them.
  4. 4

    Use paper towels to dry the peppers. Sprinkle flour lightly on them and the insides as well. This is to help the meat stick.
  5. 5

    Using clean hands again, mold the meat inside of the peppers until the peppers are full and the meat is gone. Push it down inside of the peppers so that they do not collapse, or worse, break, while you are cooking them.
  6. 6

    Heat up a frying pan on medium heat with some oil in it and slowly put the peppers in. The meat side should be facing up!
  7. 7

    If you are only making the amount called for here, add about a half of cup of water to just barely put 2-4 cm of water in the pan, and then place a lid on the pan.
  8. 8

    Simply cook for about 5-7 minutes and then gently flip them cooking for the same amount of time.
  9. 9

    You will know that they are done when the meat is darkened and juicy while the peppers have a glossy finish.

(Note: You are handling raw meat. Wash wash wash your hands! )

Yum!


2. Hamburg Steak from Flying Witch

This gem came to us from the tenth episode of Flying Witch. While being an overtly calming and comfy anime, it also surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, featured food. They fried a unique plant in one episode and in this one, they make delicious hamburgs. We know by now you must be scratching your head questioning why we keep saying Hamburg instead of Hamburger. Well, that is because of the method in which they prepare them in Japan as well as the type of meat they use. In Japan, there is no such thing as ground beef. Japanese people like fatty, soft meat, so any and all ground beef is cut with a sizeable amount of ground pork. No, we are not talking like 80/20 beef/pork, but more like 50/50 is common. This recipe will look intimidating, but it is far from it! Dive in and enjoy!

What you will need:(Note: Serves 2-3 people.)

Ground beef or ground beef/pork mix
500g (~1lb)

Onion
150g (~1/2) diced/minced

Potato Starch Flour (All purpose is just as fine)
3tbsp

Milk
1 tsp

Salt
1 tsp

Pepper
1/2 tsp

Nutmeg
1/4 tsp

Optional Notes:

If you are feeling adventurous, you can certainly add garlic to this! Minced garlic would go excellent with these hamburgs.

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    Mix all of your ingredients together in a large bowl. Literally mix them all together. Knead the meat well.
  2. 2

    Take the dough and form nice round patties about the size of the palm of your hand.
  3. 3

    In the center, this aids in the cooking process, use your thumb to make an impression.
  4. 4

    Heat up your frying pan with some oil.
  5. 5

    If you have side veggies, then line the pan with those and cook the burgers one by one. You can cook them all at once, but they will take longer to cook and potentially could overcook as the stove/pan works to be heated evenly. Your best option for this recipe is a bit of a smaller frying pan.
  6. 6

    That’s it!

(Note: Raw Meat will make you ill. Please clean as you go! )

If you did everything right, it should come out looking something like this!

Yum!

Final Thoughts

With fall just around the corner, this is the dish to make for your family and friends! Both are simple and rather easy to make, and thankfully use the same kind of meat so they could, potentially, appear in the same meal! This is also something that you could make yourself and bring to school in a bento if you bring your own lunch! Impress your friends and enemies alike as you will have a one of a kind lunch. Thank you so much for reading this article and if there is anything that you want to us to get for you, let us know and we can make it into an article! Till next time!


Nagareboshi

Editor/Translator

Author: Nagareboshi

American by birth; international by choice. I am trying to bring attention to one of my favorite causes; me. I translate by day and write by night. Aspiring polyglot. My dream would be to be the personal translator for Amuro Namie. Other than that, my hobbies include languages, weightlifting, sleeping, karaoke, GOOD coffee and music. When I’m not doing any of the above, I am most likely laughing hysterically at Willam Belli videos or EV farming. I ain’t gunna Rupologize for it neither. Waifu are Shirai Kuroko & Euaerin.

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