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Memorial Day Recipes: Moroccan Style Lamb Burgers with Harissa Sauce

May 19, 2019

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  • 1½ pounds ground lean lamb
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large shallot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons harissa sauce

Put the lamb in a mixing bowl and add the paprika, salt, cumin, garlic, shallot, parsley, cilantro and harissa. Mix well and divide into 8 patties. Keep aside.

Grill the patties on high for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.

Lamb Burgers

Sun Dried Tomatoes Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes (in oil), chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix the sun dried tomatoes, mayonnaise, cilantro, parsley, salt and lemon juice into a small bowl. Mix well and refrigerate till serving.

Sundried Tomatoes and Herb Mayo

To Assemble

  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • Baby arugula
  • 2 baguettes, sliced and cut into 4 pieces each

Place a burger into a sliced piece of baguette. Spread some mayonnaise and add a tomato, some onion and arugula.

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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

September 17, 2018

Tomato and Mozzarells Sandwich

Eat them while the tomatoes are still around…

  • Sliced baguette or a piece of garlic bread
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 3 to 4 slices fresh mozzarella (1/4 inch thick)
  • 5 to 6 fresh basil leaves
  • One medium tomato or several grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Salt

Cut a big enough piece of the garlic bread and slice and toast. Spread the mayonnaise on both pieces of bread. Place the mozzarella slices on one side of bread and sprinkle some salt. Place the tomatoes and basil leaves. Place the other piece of bread on top and serve.

Hamburgers with Thai Flavors

August 27, 2018

Burgers (Makes about 16 to 18 patties)

  • 3 pounds ground chicken (dark meat)
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 inches ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 serrano chilies, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and divide into 16 to 18 patties, depending on the size.

Thai Style Burgers

Garnish

  • 4 cups wild arugula
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 small red onions, sliced
  • 12 to 16 brioche rolls, sliced

Mango Pineapple Chutney

  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 big shallot, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup canned pineapple
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup mango lemonade
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt

Heat a small frying pan. Add the olive oil, shallot, garlic and ginger. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the mango, pineapple, pineapple juice, mango lemonade, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes covered. Turn the heat off and blend the mixture till smooth in a blender. Taste for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Take out in a bowl and let it cool before using it for the burgers.

To assemble the burgers, place a burger on the sliced brioche. Spread the chutney on one side with the arugula, slice tomatoes and onions.

Dal Makhani- Black Lentils with a Cream Sauce

October 17, 2017

Diwali is coming up and this is a must in our house… people typically make this lentil dish for a special occasion but it is so simple… you can make it any day you want… yum!

  • 1 cup whole urad dal (black lentils)
  • ¼ cup rajma (red kidney beans)
  • ¼ cup channa dal (gram lentils)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons half and half

In a pressure cooker or sauce-pan, add the urad dal, rajma, channa dal, water, crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper, coriander powder, turmeric and ghee. If using a pressure cooker, then close the lid and cook on high till the pressure is built, then turn the heat on low and cook for an hour. Turn the heat off, and take the lid off- check the consistency. The dal should be like a thick soup or a think stew. If there is excess liquid, then turn the heat on high and begin to evaporate the liquid. Add the garam masala and half and half. Cook till the dal reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasonings.
If using a sauce-pan, then bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat, cook for at least 2 hours or till the lentils are soft and mushy. Add the garam masals and half and half. Cook till the dal reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasonings.

Italian Style Cheeseburgers

June 7, 2017

Another delicious one…

  • 1 pound ground grass fed beef
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Transfer the meat into a medium bow. Add the basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and keep aside in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours. Form four patties and keep aside.

Mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • 3 to 4 sundried tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Process the olives, sundried tomatoes and garlic in a small processor. Mix into the mayonnaise and yogurt in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper and taste for seasonings. Keep aside.

  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 burger buns, sliced
  • 4 mozzarella slices

Cook the burgers according to desired doneness. Add the cheese on top. Spread the mayo onto the buns and add tomatoes. Serve the burgers with grilled potatoes and veggies.

Mexican Flavored Cheeseburgers

May 4, 2016

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

Mayonnaise

  • 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.

Rajma with Cilantro and Dill (Red Kidney Beans Stew)

April 3, 2016
  • 2 cups dry red kidney beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 inches ginger, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, divided in 2 bunches and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

For this recipe you either need a pressure cooker or a slow cooker.

In a pressure cooker add the kidney beans, water, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, salt, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, butter, dill and ½ cup cilantro.  Place the lid on top and cook on high heat till the pressure cooker gives out steam.  Lower the heat and cook for 2-3 hours.  Turn the heat off and open the lid.  Evaporate the water till the dish reaches a thick soup consistency while smashing some of the beans with the back of a ladle.  Add the remaining cilantro and garam masala.  Check for seasonings and serve with rice.