Most of you know that here at FOODalogue Sunday is a family day. It’s either spent enjoying celebratory dinners with the extended family (when you number 17, it’s always someone’s birthday or a holiday) – or – Jim, Cassie and I have food challenges. No birthdays this week, so we planned a ‘Family Food Fight': Battle “burgers”. Though unspoken, we each came up with a non-ketchup burger (not that we have anything against ketchup).
Ground sirloin. Flavored with a small blend of chorizo, cilantro and olive oil pulsed to a paste. Stuffed with provolone (you can see it oozing). Topped was more flavors of the pampas, balsamic-glazed grilled onions, peppers and chimichurri (parsley, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, hot red pepper flakes). Served with Plantain Fritas (green plantain mandolin-cut to shoestrings, fried, salted and sprinkled with cilantro).
Predominantly ground beef mixed with some ground veal, ground pork, and a puree of raw bacon which was simply seasoned with S+P (enough flavor going on in the meat). To serve, the burger was layered on top of 2 slabs of bacon and topped with a blue cheese wedge salad which was sprinkled with proscuitto crisps. The spread for the toasted ciabatta roll was a smear of roasted garlic.
Cassie’s recipe was to use ground lamb seasoned with salt and Allspice and to serve the burger on Pita rounds which she hand-cut to the size and shape of the burger. The layer beneath the burger was baba ghanoush (eggplant puree) and the layer on top was Laban (the Lebanese word for yogurt) which is prepared similar to Tsatsiki with Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers, mint, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
The Verdict. All 3 were pretty spectacular and bursting with flavor. And, no, we didn’t eat 3 burgers each. We were 4 people so we made 2 of each variety and split them in half so that we could try each one. So I am guilty of eating 1-1/2 very large burgers.
And a Question for You. If you could choose just one, which would it be? Gaucho? Steakhouse? Mid-Eastern?
To see more challenges, click on Family Food Fight under Categories in the sidebar on this blog and visit Jim’s blog (for better photos!).