Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday - Happy Memorial Day!

Brazilian hamburgers on onion poppyseed rolls (recipe in the comments)
French fries
Grilled red and green peppers and Vidalia onions
Sliced tomato

Hot tea
Fresh pineapple
These are the hamburgers my mom made for our family when I was growing up. When you look at the recipe I think you'll have some idea where I get my food tastes. These are chock full of flavor - a bit of cheese, green onions, parsley, even cayenne. It's an amazing combination and makes me wonder why people eat burgers any other way. All the flavors make cheese superfluous, keeping them pretty healthy, especially if you use a very lean ground meat. I don't recommend them with ground chicken or white meat turkey alone, but those blended with a higher fat meat would be fine. The french fries are an experiment - we're getting the from McDonald's (gasp!). I know it sounds crazy - especially coming from me. However, we have made homemade French fries three or four times (the last time was the night I went into labor with T!) and they come out great, but we both commented that they were about as great as really good McDonald's fries. SO, we testing this to see. We tried to crisp them in the oven, but think we had it too hot. Next time we'll try it lower. I think it may be the easiest way! Otherwise, it's very simple grilled veggies, fresh fruit and tomatoes. A perfect welcome to summer!

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Parmesan, parsley, green onion, onion, peppers, pineapple, tomato
Time: 40 minutes
Make ahead: We often make the whole batch of burgers and freeze half after forming them into patties (put wax paper between the patties) for another night.

J: "The perfect welcome to summer!!!"
M: "The best burgers east of the Mississippi!"

1 comment:

J said...

Brazilian Hamburgers – The Best of the Best, Family Circle
Makes 8 – 12 burgers

2 lb. ground meat (we use beef rather than bison)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
5 large green onions, minced in the mini chop
1 small bunch parsley, minced in the mini chop
2 eggs, beaten
2 T water
½ t salt (no more for the 2 lb.)
Hearty dash of cayenne pepper

toasted hamburger buns

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape into patties (8-12). If only 3 or 4 people are eating, form all into patties and freeze half with wax paper between each patty.

Grill until done or broil. If broiling, cook with patties about 3 inches from the heat. Turn once to brown both sides. Cooking time is about 8-9 minutes for 8 patties – less for 12.