Sunday, July 15, 2007

Italian Burgers

I went to a friend's house for a bbq yesterday. The weather was beautiful, the beer was plentiful, and well, any excuse to grill is a good one. For the bbq, I made italian burgers, a particular favorite of mine. Basically, this burger is like a meatball flattened out.

Italian Burgers:

2 pounds of ground beef
2 eggs
1/3 c bread crumbs
1/3 c parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 c parsley, finely chopped
1/8 c oregano, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Mix everything together, just like you're making meatballs. Form into burger patties. Makes about 5.

Roast 3 red bell peppers under the broiler. Roast until skin is black and blistered. Place into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers rest and steam for about 10 minutes. Run the peppers under cold water and rub the blackened skin off.

Dressing for the burgers:

1/3 c mayo
1/3 c calamata olives, pitted
1 roasted red pepper

Place all in the blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.

When grilling the burgers, melt fresh mozzarella over them.

Serve on ciabatta bread with the olive spread and a piece of fresh roasted red pepper. Enjoy.

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