Swap shop: Make July sandwich month

Swap shop: Dave Farrington, of Midwest City, gives his recipe for picnic hamburgers and meatballs.
Modified: July 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm •  Published: July 10, 2013

SWAP SHOP

MAKE JULY SANDWICH MONTH

DEAR MELBA: I have unofficially declared July as Sandwich Month. It certainly is a good time for picnics and patio suppers.

I've been thinking how much picnicking has changed in the last years. I remember when my mom had a wicker basket she filled with metal plates, metal cups, metal forks and paper napkins, and when we were getting ready for a picnic, she would add a big flat can of sardines in tomato sauce, a loaf of bread, a can of pork and beans and a jar of sliced cucumbers and onions in vinegar. And, of course, homemade cookies. It was great family time.

Today, we can have hamburgers, or we can use the same recipe, shaping the meat into meatballs and cooking them in a sauce for a totally different dish.

HAMBURGER PATTIES

2 pounds ground beef

1 medium onion, finely chopped

¼ cup water

½ cup quick oats

1½ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and shape into 8 patties. Cook in skillet or on grill to desired doneness.

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