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Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger-Where’s the Beef?

Where’s the beef?  Remember that line from the old Wendy’s commercials on tv?  Everybody was saying it.  I’m not really sure what that was referring to.  But I think it was the little lady who said it that caught our attention.  Anyway – I liked beef then and I like it now.  I just don’t eat it very often.  Not nearly as often as chicken and certainly more than fish.

Savannah picked beef as our topic for Saturday Dishes this week, so I dutifully followed her suggestion and made a Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger on Grilled Toast.  If I’m gonna make it beef it might as well have every other flavor I enjoy too.  Now this can be made with ground turkey or chicken and still have all the flavors.  Not me, oh no!  Beef it will be and it was good!  Not the most original beef dish, but my favorite!  What’s yours?

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

I got a new Le Creuset Red Skinny Grill for my birthday.  I love this.  It is just the right size for a small serving.  The wind was blowing at 50+mph when I made these, so no way would I do them on the outside grill.  It worked great.

Grilled Burger

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

Then add the toppings and you’re ready to eat.  Steak fries would be good too.(In my dreams!)  Ok, so you can’t see the beef too well because I like all the toppings just as well as the beef.  Green chiles and avocado especially.   I don’t care for too much lettuce on my burgers unless it is finely shredded and on top of a Whataburger.

Come on over to Saturday dishes and share your favorite beef dish.

Saturday Dishes

Nacho Burger

Someone on Facebook asked, “What are you planning for your Super Bowl eats?” I replied, “A burger and some decadent dip/chip.” Then I started thinking what my choices would be? Nachos are such a good flavor combination to me. Salty chips, cheese, onions, tomatoes, beans and sour cream if you like it. Not my favorite.

When my son lived at home we would have Super Nachos for Sunday supper on occasion. I would spread refried beans on tostado chips, Then brown some ground meat with a taco or fajita seasoning. Drain it and sprinkle it on top of the chips. Load on the grated cheese or jarred queso sauce with onions and tomatoes. They had to be eaten hot out of the broiler. They were so good.

So I have combined my favorite flavors into a burger (without the bun for me). This takes care of a burger and dip/chip choice. Good eats! Good food! Good luck with the team of your choice.

Nacho Burger

Make sure you stop by my Superbowl/Chili party this week to share your ideas and see what others have shared.Tumbleweed Contessa Superbowl and Chili Party

MiddleSister Diets

MiddleSister shares some of her favorite diet friendly meals with us.  I can’t believe my child doesn’t like tomatoes.

I have found myself saying lately things like, “everyday can’t be a food party” and “sometimes it just has to be plain and simple.”  Clearly, I am dieting.  I have been following various recipes in low calorie and low fat cookbooks.  Unfortunately, I do not like fruit, especially tomatoes.  Almost every recipe has fruit and/or tomatoes.  So, I have taken their recipes as inspirations to make my own.  A few of these follow and you can expect more the longer I am dieting.

Turkey Cordon Bleu (serves 4)

I love Chicken Cordon Bleu, but it’s pretty scary in calories and fat.  This recipe is just as tasty and served with your favorite Cordon Bleu sides, just as scrumptious.  I cooked it all up and ate for four meals.  No one else in my house eats what I do.  Be careful not to overcook as it becomes too tough and rubbery.  I overcook meat all the time because I like it all well done.

  •  4 turkey breast cutlets
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices deli ham (I prefer honey baked)
  • bread crumbs to coat (I used panko)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • non-fat cooking spray/olive oil to make the breadcrumbs stick
  • ¼ cup white wine (whatever you have laying around)
  • ¼ cup vegetable or chicken broth

Flatten out the cutlets and then layer them with the cheese and ham (1 each).  Mix together bread crumbs and thyme.  Roll it all up and hold it together with a toothpick.  Spray the outside of the turkey with enough spray to hold on the bread crumbs.  Coat with a light layer of the bread crumbs and place in a sauté pan and cook until browned (about 8 minutes).  Add the wine and broth and bring to boil and the sauce thickens a little.  I guess about 5 more minutes.  I served this over some spinach and leftovers over with green salad.  For a heartier meal, you could serve with potatoes or double up on the portion size.

 

Sausage and Peppers (serves 4)

I was cooking for the family, Tumbleweed Contessa included, but I needed to stay within my low calorie guidelines.  This recipe was really tasty and I think you could pair it with various different sides.  I paired it with polenta cakes grilled indoors for coloring and warming, but mashed potatoes or rice would go well, too.  Or, you could just serve it with a crusty French or Italian bread and butter.

  • 4-6 Seasoned Sausages (chicken or turkey are lower calorie) I like the Italian ones.  Emeril Lagasse has some great flavors.
  • 2 bell peppers (the more color the better the flavor) cut in thin strips
  • 1 large jalapeno, diced
  • 1 onion (white, but red could be good too), slivered
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 jar of marinara sauce (I never knew there were so many flavors)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced

Slice up the peppers and onions into thin strips.  Cut the sausage into 1 inch slices.  Spray a sauté pan with the non-fat spray and add the onion and peppers until they are slightly softened.  Add the sausages and Italian seasoning and simmer until the sausages are browned.  Add the marinara sauce, water and parsley until it’s all heated through.  To serve I bought a tube of polenta.  Sliced 1/4 inch and grilled on the grill pan.  I think you could add more or less sauce depending on how the side will soak it up.

For dessert, I made sugar free chocolate mousse and put them into chocolate shells.  It was just enough chocolate.

Jamaican Hamburger Salad (serves 6)

What did she say?  I was bored and really wanted a cheeseburger.  There are not enough calories in a day for a really good cheeseburger, so, I got creative.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Lodo Red Adobo (Savory Spice Shop)
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican Allspice (Savory Spice Shop)
  • 2 tablespoons combined minced ginger and garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Bag of Salad (divided into 6)
  • ½ bunch of cilantro (divided into 6)
  • 6 Kalamata Olives (each plate)

Mix up the beef, cumin, coriander, adobo, allspice, ginger and garlic, and onion.  Shape into 4-6 patties.  Grill to your preferred doneness.  Meanwhile, plate the lettuce and top with cilantro and arrange the olives around the side.  Top with your burger and there you have it.  Of course, my husband ate his on a bun and ate some French fries.

So, everyday does not need to be a food party, but it does not have to be plain and simple either.  With a little creativity, you can make the simple slightly extraordinary. 

Revvvvvvv Your Engines for a Burger Bash

 

Nascar BurgerIts that time of year…and we are sooooo ready for NASCAR events to begin.  For Tumbleweed Contessa’s family, NASCAR means barbecue.  We began our preparations with a trip to the Savory Spice Shop at the Arboretum in Austin.  Armed with some cumin and other unexplored spices, we are ready to get grilling (or have a man in the house do so.)  There was a family meeting on whether to have turkey, beef, chicken or veggie burgers (really, who has a veggie burger?)  We decided on beef and hit the store – while we use a lean beef, don’t go too lean because you lose all the flavor.  You can flavor your meat as we have suggested below or with variations (add some chopped shallots, onions, chives or jalapeños) and go heavier or lighter on the seasonsings depending on your taste.

We also like to make our burgers smaller — go sliders!  You can pick up slider buns at most local grocery stores.  You can also ask them order those buns if they are not regularly stocked.  My store does not regularly stock them.  Once they are grilled, the toppings complete your unique slider or burger.  We have ketchup, mustard, mayonaise, red onions, pickles, olives for olive tapenade, lettuce, tomato, jalapeño, and a variety of cheeses to melt over the top (American, blue, swiss, cheddar, jack, pepper jack.)  For a tangy twist, flavor your mayonaise with your favorite flavor.  I like balsamic vinegar and Worstershire, horseradish or wasabi — just a little goes a long way.

Today, we have agreed to have some chips and baked beans, but any of your favorite burger side dishes will do just fine. Rev your engines because its time to get back to NASCAR and time to get grilling with our burger bash!  Its a Slider celebration!

  • 2 pounds ground beef (93% lean)
  • 5 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning (or your favorite steak seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons Worstershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder

Mix it all up and let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes, while you chop the toppings.  Shape them into balls of about 1/3 cup and flatten them out.  Make sure to put a thumb print smack dab in the middle so they cook evenly.  Since its raining today, we are grilling inside on the grill pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on your first side and 2 minutes on the other.  A little longer if you like them cooked more than medium. Melt the cheese before removing from the grill and you are ready to eat.

This makes between 12 and 16 sliders.

I updated this for the Grilling party at This Week’s Cravings in August.  Still good!