Lithuanians don’t eat barbecue anymore, instead they know how to cook great burgers

“It is not the first year that Lithuanians choose only kebabs for grilling. They are already tired of everything, and now people want something more interesting. It has become very popular recently hamburgers, big steaks,” says Juozas Kaminskas, president of the Lithuanian Barbecue Association.

According to him, we don’t stay away from the latest fashions that have caused a stir in the world – we always enter the top twenty at the world championships. And the participants of these competitions even learned some things from the Lithuanians themselves.

“At one championship, we fried pineapple in salt, and then others came to see us. We covered the entire pineapple with a salty mass and put it on coals. It was news for everyone who participated in the championship,” the interviewer recalls with a smile.

Chef and grill master Halina Bovshevich also says that impressing grill masters is not easy. “Now almost everything is grilled – different meats, pizzas, desserts, etc. For example, there is such a dessert called “Alaska”. It is made of sponge cake with ice cream inside and whipped egg white on top. This dessert is placed on the grill and briefly fried at a high temperature – then the proteins are fried, and the ice cream inside does not have time to melt,” he says.

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According to H. Bovšević, recently beef is the most popular type of meat, and chicken is also very popular. Lithuanians also grill fish, seafood and various vegetables.

Interest in innovation

As J. Kaminskas said, Lithuanians are already choosing not only good meat, but also barbecue, with which you can do more – even bake bread or smoke fish, people are interested in different models of barbecue, there is a wide range of them. variety – from gas to clay with lids and more.

H. Bovshevich says that the biggest innovation of this year is special silicone mats for grills designed to withstand high temperatures.

“You can also cook on such a mat burger, and other small pieces of meat. That way, they don’t char during cooking, and the meat stays juicy, he explains. – Special grill tables, which are popular in the world, are also becoming popular in Lithuania. They are made of cherry, cedar, or other wood that gives off an aroma. Before cooking, they are soaked in water, and the food prepared in them will have a special taste and aroma, and the meat will be more juicy. In addition, it is very convenient to fry fish on such a table, which tends to fall apart.”

Offers the preparation of the most popular dishes

When asked which grilled food is currently the most popular, both interviewees agree that it’s the hamburger.

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<p>“The fashion of eating hamburgers with various buns and sauces from America has been assimilated in our country both in terms of taste and convenience of eating hamburgers.  They decorate our table, because they are very colorful, so their popularity is not surprising,” says H. Bovshevich.</p>
<p>J. Kaminskas emphasizes that it is important to choose high-quality meat to make really tasty hamburgers.  “The best <em>for hamburgers</em> use aged beef.  Cut it with a knife, not with a meat grinder – such meat sticks better and tastes better.  Add some garlic, onion, pepper, salt and shape <em>burger</em>.  Before cooking, you can put them in the freezer for half an hour to cool and stick better.  Fry the meat for 5 minutes on both sides.  And, make homemade mayonnaise with a little curry, the sauce can be slightly sweetened with brown sugar.  Put cucumbers, salad and, of course, cheese, choose delicious buns,” J. Kaminskas taught briefly.</p>
<p>H. Bovshevich recommends choosing homemade buns for hamburgers instead of bought ones.  You can cook them overnight.  “You can bake buns not necessarily from wheat flour, but from whole grain flour, you can add nuts to the dough.  Before cooking hamburgers, after applying a little butter or oil, the sliced ​​bun can be fried on a grill or on a hot plate,” says the interviewer and shares a simple recipe for homemade hamburger buns.</p>
<p><em>10 pieces.  for buns you need:</em></p>
<p>1 tablespoon of dry yeast<br />0.5 cups of warm water<br />0.5 cups of milk<br />1 egg<br />2 tablespoons of oil<br />2 tablespoons of sugar<br />1 teaspoon of salt<br />3 cups of flour<br />1 tablespoon melted butter<br />2 tablespoons of sesame seeds</p>
<p><em>Create:</em></p>
<p>Mix the yeast with warm water and sugar, leave for a few minutes to dissolve the sugar and foam the mass.  Beat eggs in a separate container, mix with salt, milk, oil.  Pour all this mass into the yeast mixture, mix well.  Add flour, knead until a smooth mass is obtained.  Cover with a towel and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.</p>
<p>Divide the entire dough into 10 pieces.  Make a ball out of each and press it to make a bun.  Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.  Cover and keep warm to allow the dough to rise again.</p>
<p>Heat the oven to 180 degrees.  Brush each bun with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until the buns are nicely browned.  Cool, then cut lengthwise.</p>
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<p>The chef also shares two recipes for chicken burgers.  H. Bovszewicz does not use eggs when making chicken burgers, and sometimes adds a little sour cream or sour cream, although he may add melted butter, which adds a little fat to the lean chicken meat.  He also adds available vegetables to the hamburger mass – peppers, zucchini, olives are also good, and when grilling, he adds herbs such as thyme, rosemary, mint or basil to give them an even more delicious aroma.</p>
<p><em><strong>Burgers with minced chicken fillet and Cheddar cheese</strong></em></p>
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<p><em>For 4 hamburgers you will need:</em></p>
<p>4 pcs.  hamburger buns<br />80 g butter<br />120 g of Cheddar cheese<br />150 g of spicy sauce<br />30 g of barbecue sauce<br />450 g of chopped chicken<br />favorite spices (thyme, oregano)<br />120 g of tomatoes<br />80 g of pickled cucumbers<br />10 g of iceberg lettuce</p>
<p><em>Create:</em></p>
<p>Toss shredded chicken with oil and your favorite seasonings.  Shape the meatballs, grill both sides, and finally brush with BBQ sauce.  Brush buns with butter and grill.  Spread the delicious sauce on the inside of the baked bun, add lettuce, fried chicken cutlet, chopped tomato (you can replace the tomatoes with mango or nectarine slices), pickled cucumber and a piece of cheddar cheese.  Cover with another bun and also spread the sauce on the inside.</p>
<p><em><strong>Juicy hamburgers with chicken thighs and peppers</strong></em></p>
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<p><em>For 4 hamburgers you will need:</em></p>
<p>4 pcs.  hamburger buns<br />80 g of red pepper<br />50 g of parsley<br />80 g butter<br />450 g of chopped chicken thighs<br />30 g sour cream<br />a pinch of spices – a pinch<br />120 g of tomatoes<br />100 g of lettuce<br />100 g of mustard barbecue sauce</p>
<p><em>Create:</em></p>
<p>Chop chicken thighs with paprika, parsley, sour cream and spices.  Form cutlets, grill on both sides.  Brush buns with butter and grill.  Spread your favorite sauce on the inside of the baked bun, add lettuce, fried chicken cutlet and diced tomatoes.  Cover with another bun and also spread the sauce on the inside.</p>
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