Archive for July, 2009

Dijon Chicken Bacon Burger








This burger is easy to make, and has a lot of flavor. This was the first time I had purchased ground chicken before, and I really liked how it turned out. You could also use ground turkey.   The sauce is what really makes the burger.   

• 1 pound ground chicken
• 1/4 pound bacon, cooked, crumbled, fat reserved
• 1/2 cup sliced scallions
• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
• 1 large ripe tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick
• 1/4 cup chopped, pickled jalapenos
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 small head romaine lettuce, shredded
• 4 hamburger buns, toasted (whole-grain or whole-wheat)
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• Canola oil

1. Place a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat and heat the rendered bacon fat (ideally, use the pan you just made the bacon in). Add extra canola oil if necessary; oil should coat surface of pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, bacon, scallions and 1/2 of the Dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper. Mix until just blended. Test flavor by cooking a small portion of mixture.
3. Form 4 burger patties about 1 inch thick. Sear the burgers, turning once, until done, about 3-4 minutes per side. Be sure that burger is cooked all the way through since this is chicken — should be 165 degrees F in the center of the burger.
4. Meanwhile, arrange tomato slices on a large plate and season them with salt and pepper.
5. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining Dijon mustard, jalapenos and mayonnaise and mix well.
6. Spread spicy mayo on bottoms and tops of buns. Place shredded romaine on bun bottom and top with tomato slice, add the burgers and top with a second tomato.
7. Finish with the bun tops and serve.


July 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm 1 comment

Caesar-Style Spaghetti








I’m not a huge Rachael Ray fan.  I don’t like her food network show and her abbreviations really annoy me.  However, I have been watching her daytime show here and there now that I am off for the summer.  I like her quick ideas for dinner and a lot of her recipes look really good.  I decided to try out her Caesar-Style Spaghetti.  I was glad I did.  It’s super simple and really tasty.  Something a little out of the norm, but an easy weeknight meal.  My husband loved it, and was anxious to take the leftovers to work the next day for lunch. 

The recipe calls for anchovies, but on the show she used anchovie paste, and so did I.  I just squeezed what looked like a reasonable amount into the pan.  Other than that I followed the recipe.  Give it a try!

Caesar-Style Spaghetti

July 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm 1 comment

Caprese Pasta Salad








This easy to throw together past is a must for the summer. You can serve it warm or cold, as a side or main dish. It’s got great flavor, and it’s so easy! Try it, it’s one of my husbands favorites!

1 tub of marinated baby mozzarella – halved or quartered (this is the kind that is marinated in oil with lots of herbs and spices)
1 pkg. penne, cooked to al dente
Handful of basil – finely chopped
10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved (use more if you’re using grape)

Once pasta is cooked and drained, dump the entire container of mozzarella (including oil and all the spices), basil and tomato. Toss to combine.

July 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

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