Mmm… this is so easy to make! The link is to Emeril’s recipe but there isn’t much variation in the recipes that I’ve found on line. The easy to yummy ratio is right up there with peanut butter jelly sammiches. The green beans were steamed and then sauteed in garlic butter and a splash of balsamic vinegar and were very good that way. I’m no cooking purist, the Zatarain box mix rice was on point for this.
We have a couple of grape tomato bushes out back and they have been churning out tomatoes by the score. I went out this morning and picked a half bucketful and there were that many on the ground. I went looking for a roasting recipe and Martha Stewart came through for me.I used more olive oil than required, probably, and had a lot of fresh thyme. These took longer than a hour and I bumped the temp up to 400 or so before I got much in the way of a color change. I stirred them once and returned them to the oven.We ate some of them with angel hair pasta for lunch. My basil has gone to seed but I did find a few bright green new leaves that looked tender. The portion of the tomatoes I used for the dish had a tablespoon or two of butter stirred in. Pretty good stuff, not sure what to do with the rest of the tomatoes, I picked enough to fill that pan three times, the last batch is in the oven as I write this.
I’ve ordered a couple of times now from a St Louis based food retailer, Ditalia, getting in rolls of pancetta, different cheeses, olive oil and a few other items as they suit my whim of the moment. I just got in a fair sized chunk of prosciutto and wanted to use some right away. I managed to slice a few little wafers with my old raggedy meat slicer but this prosciutto is more than it can handle. It needs to sliced so thin you can read through it. I have a pal that may be able to help me out with the slicing.
Anyway, back to the sprouts – I searched for prosciutto and sprouts and ran across this recipe that called for shallots and pine nuts along with stuff I actually had on hand and decided it was close enough. I used onions and left out the pine nuts, it worked out well.
Continuing the Burger Week series with one of my favorites. The series started here and this weeks recipes can be found here.
Originally published July 24, 2010
If you are looking for something different to grill this weekend instead of the same old burgers, this one brings new flavors to an old favorite:
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 ½ tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp crushed dried basil (or 1 tbsp fresh, snipped)
- 1 tsp crushed dried oregano
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella (you’ll want 8 slices total)
- 16 oz Focaccia bread, cut into 4 square pieces, then sliced horizontally
In bowl, mix together all ingredients, (except mozzarella & bread), mixing well and forming 8 small patties. Grill until cooked through. Watch carefully because they are small, they won’t take as long and you don’t want them to dry out. Top each burger with cheese and let melt. On each plate, place two slices of Focaccia bread and put a patty on each slice, top each with lots of Italian condimenti (below). You’ll have two open-faced burgers per person when you’re done. Serves 4
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 bunch basil leaves, chopped
- 4 mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dried oregano
In bowl, mix together all ingredients and let marinate while you prepare the rest of the meal, at least 30 minutes.
We lunched on leftovers, warmed up the refried beans and chorizo and had burritos again. A few nacho chips and the guacamole was wiped out. Mrs J spent the morning at the shelter and then came home and dragged poor Jack off to the vet after lunch. He’s been gimping around as bad as I have been. They’ll run some more xrays and start him on some serious antibiotics in case the problem is the Rocky Mountain fever flaring up in his ankle. I go in next week for a procedure on my knee that I’m hoping will allow me to walk again without looking like Chester on the old Gunsmoke.
Where’s this salad I was talking about? Well, it’s gone now, but I have some pictures:
This chicken was one of the treats we gave ourselves when we made that turducken order. Mrs J pulled it out of the freezer today. It went straight from the freezer to the oven, it took 1 hour and 45 minutes or so at 350 to cook through, the last 20 or so with the foil off. this one was stuffed with a crawfish rice dressing that was just delicious. I made a bit of gravy with the pan drippings that worked just great.
I had a half a head of cauliflower I roasted in some balsamic and olive oil with a couple-three cloves of pressed garlic. And don’t tell me a real cook doesn’t use a garlic press because I’m not listening to ya. La la la la lah.
I was juggling oven time to get the bread baked and everything ready for the table. Oh, the bread! I ordered that baking tin thing with the holes all over it. Worked great! I did forget to slash the top as it went into the oven. I started it out pretty hot, 450 or more but cranked that back to 350 or so after 10 or 15 minutes. The salad was the last of the romaine hearts with some caesar’s dressing.