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Paneer Cheese Burgers with Cilantro Mayo

So, these are perfect for Meatless Mondays! I’ve been meaning to try vegetarian burgers and paneer (Indian cheese) is the perfect thing to use. I grated the cheese and added a lot of yummy flavorings, including, cilantro, mint and dill! So, go get paneer (usually at Whole Foods) or definitely at the Indian store and try these!

  • 1 pound paneer, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves,
  • 1 cup grilled or regular frozen corn, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for an hour. Form 6 patties and keep aside.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and olive oil. Brown the patties on both side on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes each. Place sliced cheese, cover with foil for a minute or two and serve on buns with slices of tomato,  arugula and cilantro mayo.

Cilantro Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together and serve on buns with the burgers.


Roasted Onion and Garlic Burgers

A classic beef cheese burger but with amazing roasted onion and garlic flavors- make it this coming weekend!!!

  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in quarters with skin on
  • 4 garlic cloves, skin on
  • 4 green onions, cut in half
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Transfer the onion and garlic to a lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle salt and drizzle olive oil. Roast for half an hour and add the green onions. Roast for another 15 minutes and take out of oven. Cool and process in a food processor till chunky. Keep aside.

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2  teaspoons salt
  • 4 cheddar cheese slices
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, toasted
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce

Transfer the beef to a medium mixing bowl. Add the roasted mixture, egg and salt. Mix well but not too much. Divided into four patties. Cook the patties to desired doneness, top with cheese and place on toasted rolls with tomatoes, mayonnaise and lettuce.



Mexican Flavored Cheeseburgers

This is yummy and very appropriate for this week of cinch de mayo…

  • 1 cubanelle pepper, sliced in half and seeded
  • 1 poblano pepper, sliced in half and seeded
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves with skins on
  • 3 to 4 green onions, cut into quarters
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Place the peppers, garlic and green onions on a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt. Roast in oven for 15 to 20 minutes on 350 degrees F. Add the roasted vegetables in a blender with the cilantro. Blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Mix the ground beef, salt and egg with the green mixture. Divide the mixture into 6 patties. Keep aside.

  • 6 buns
  • 6 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, sliced


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, smoked paprika, lime juice and salt in a small bowl and keep aside.

Cook the patties and assemble the burgers with the mayonnaise and tomato slices. Serve with oven fries.

Thai Style Cheeseburgers with Lime Cilantro Mayo

My love of Asian cuisine continues with these delicious cheeseburgers.. they are really good. Feel free to marinate the meat overnight for extra yummy flavor and serve them with oven baked fries!

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated galangal or fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mint, chopped
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, smashed and chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons oil

Transfer all the ingredients to a bowl. Mix well and let sit for a couple of hours in the fridge. Take out half an hour before cooking. Form into 4 to 6 patties, depending how big you want the burgers.

Heat a frying pan with the oil and cook the burgers to the desired doneness. Top with cheese and serve on toasted rolls.

  • 4 to 6 ciabatta rolls, sliced and toasted
  • 4 to 6 cheddar slices
  • Baby spinach

Lime Cilantro Mayo

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • Zest of one lime
  • Juice of one lime
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and serve with the cheeseburgers.

Roasted Shallot and Dill Cheese Burgers

  • 1 large shallot, ends cut off
  • 3 garlic cloves, ends cut off

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the shallot and garlic cloves on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle a bit of oil and roast in oven for 30 to 40 minutes, till soft. Take out of foil and cool. Squeeze the garlic and shallot out of the skin and chop if needed. Add to the ground turkey.

  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cheddar cheese slices
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, sliced

Transfer the ground turkey, roasted shallot, roasted garlic, cilantro, mint, dill, egg and salt into a bowl. Mix well and form into four patties. Grill or cook the burgers on the stovetop. Top with cheese and place on ciabatta rolls. Dress the burgers with tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise.

Roasted and Mashed Butternut Squash and Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese

Roasted and Mashed Butternut squash This is one of the sides I came up for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I was in Trader Joes, as usual, and came across already peeled and cut up butternut squash. I am quite lazy and usually never pick up a whole one- so when I saw a package of organic cut up squash- I was thrilled.

I usually always make some kind of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. There is also some kind of sweet potato or butternut squash dish. I wanted to combine the potato and butternut squash and come up with one dish.

Usually for a mashed dish, potatoes are boiled and then mashed. I decided to roast pieces of butternut squash, potatoes and garlic with some olive oil, salt and pepper instead.

Once the vegetables were soft, I ran them through a food mill and added grated cheese, half and half and fresh sage. I baked the dish once more with some grated cheese on top. It was simply delicious! Roasting the vegetables instead of boiling them gave the dish a more intense flavor. It was creamy and the sharp cheddar cheese and sage made it taste like a fabulous holiday side.

I was thrilled with this concoction- please try it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  • 1 pound cut up butternut squash (Trader Joes has it already cut and peeled)
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut up same size as the squash- about 2 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole with skin
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a lined cookie sheet, add the squash, potatoes and garlic cloves. Drizzle the olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or till the pieces are tender. Take out and let cool. Run the roasted mixture through a food mill or a potato ricer.
At this point the mixture can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided
  • ½ cup half and half
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
4 generous servings. Recipe can be doubles.

In a serving bowl, add the butternut squash and potato mixture. Add ½ cup cheese, half and half, salt and sage. Mix well and check for seasonings. Sprinkle remaining of the half cup cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.

Roasted Mashed Butternut Squash and Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese

Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni This is a great dish that incorporates macaroni and cheese with tiny little burgers. I came up with this dish when I trying to cook delicious food for my nephew who was recuperating from a surgery. He loves macaroni can cheese and really loves cheese burgers.. so I decided to incorporate all of those ingredients into this dish.

I had to add some veggies- so decided to add some chopped carrots and peas. I flavored the ground beef with garlic and parsley and made tiny little burgers. I used pancetta and shallots to give yummy flavor to the béchamel sauce. All in all it was a delicious concoction. It was a special treat for him and I was glad I could come up with something he would enjoy….
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