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    Polenta-Coated Pork and Fennel Seed Burgers

    Fennel seed is an ingredient often used in Italian pork sausages. It has a mild, slightly sweet aniseed flavour. The polenta coating offers a satisfyingly crunchy bite to the juicy burgers inside.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes to 22 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 500g British ground pork
    • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 70g Waitrose Farm Assured Cubetti de Pancetta
    • 1 tsp Bart Fennel Seeds
    • 50g De Cecco Instant Polenta
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 pack of 2 Waitrose Italian Style Panini
    • 50g pack rocket

    Method

    1. In a large bowl, mix together the pork, red onion, pancetta and fennel seeds, and season.
    2. Dampen your hands with a little water then shape the mixture into 4 large even-sized burgers. Scatter the polenta onto a plate then press the burgers firmly into it on both sides until evenly coated.
    3. Brush a large non-stick frying pan with the olive oil and cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes on each side until golden and completely cooked through.
    4. Cut each panini in half diagonally to give 4 triangular shaped pieces of bread. Split each in half horizontally and slip in a handful of rocket leaves and a cooked burger. Serve with your favourite mustards and relishes.

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    Cook's tips

    Home-made burgers are a brilliant midweek family supper dish. Prepare the mixture earlier in the day, then shape, coat and cook when you're ready to serve.

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