Thursday, June 6, 2013

Caprese Burger

Wow it has been a while... So sorry. At first I took a break because my husband was gone training, but then he was in an accident and came home. So I have been a bit busy taking care of him. And then we went on vacation... Not much cooking went on. I bought a few groceries and cooked a couple meals. What makes it worse is for his birthday, he was told her might be going back out to training so I didn't get a ton of groceries because I thought he would be gone. Well, he didn't leave, so on his birthday I opened the fridge and found no food. So what did this food blogger do?? I fed him Ramen..... oops. I mean at least I had a fresh lime to put in it? Anyways, I went out and got groceries today to make him a nice big birthday meal, just a little late, and now it's one of our favorites!

So we have a Caprese Burger with Herb baked French Fries (I'll make a separate post for the french fries)! Yum.
Just a warning, I made up this recipe so the measurements aren't exact. But I will try my best!

This will make enough for 4 burgers.

1 1/2 lb ground beef (I use the 80% lean beef. It's a little bit greasier, but let's be honest, we all know the greasy burgers always taster better!)
Seasoning for beef (Cumin, Basil, salt, pepper)
Fresh Basil
1 Ball of Fresh Real Mozzarella (they usually keep this with the "specialty cheeses)
Purple Onion
Italian Rolls

Sauce Ingredients:
Balsamic Vinegar
Dijon Mustard
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder

Let's get started! First take your ground beef and mix in about 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Basil, and a shake of salt and pepper. And more or less seasoning if you want. Now here's what I have learned, when cooking with 80% lean beef, your meat is going to shrink.... yikes sorry that sounds bad, but it had to be said. So when you shape your patties press them EXTRA flat. Even if they end up being bigger than the bun it's okay because they will shrink when they cook! Start heating your pan, I use my grill pan from Calphalon. Once it's hot put on the patties.

On a back burner put on a medium sauce pan that has a lid on low.

Next mix your sauce! I use a little mason jar so I can just shake it without making a mess. Add 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar, 1 TBS Dijon mustard, a drizzle of olive oil, and a couple shakes of garlic powder. Mix it well and set aside.

Start slicing stuff! Slice your onion, tomato, mozzarella, and get your fresh basil all ready.

Once your patties are done cooking, place them in the sauce pan and top them off with a nice slice of your fresh mozzerella! Cover it and keep them in there until the cheese looks melty.

Take them out and top it with the fresh basil, tomato, onion, and drizzle on the sauce! And there is the Caprese Burger!

If your want the recipe to the fries click HERE!

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