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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Italian Hamburger

What is with just eating a plain ole hamburger day after day...why not spice it up a bit. With this recipe, you can actually visit a large number of countries around the world. Tonight we met up with Italy, but tomorrow it could be Thai, or the next day it could be Greek...you pick. Mix it up, enjoy!!

2 lbs of hamburger
3 tbsp fresh oregano
2 tbsp fresh thyme
3/4 cup of sundried tomato pesto (recipe is on my blog)
4 tbsp parmesan cheese
3 tbsp ketchup

Mix together all ingredients. Form into patties and grill. Dave spiced his up. He actually broke his hamburgers into two and stuffed them with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Then he took one patty and placed the pepperonie and mozzarella on it and then took another patty and laid it on top.

Spice it up a bit...Go to Thailand and add chopped scallions, peanut sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and a touch of soy sauce. Or go to Greece, add oregano, feta cheese and top with tsatsiki sauce. Or go to China and mix chopped scallions, chopped ginger, soy sauce and hoisin sauce. There are a number of possibilities or combinations you could try!!

Grilled Veggies

We did this last night and served it with our rosemary shrimp, but it is actually tasty no matter what you serve it with. We had these very large zucchini from my garden, but you can really use whatever type of veggie you want!

1 large zucchini, sliced in half moon pieces about a 1/2 inch thick
1 small container of whole mushrooms
2 tbsp garlic
1 tsp paprika
Lite salt and pepper
tomato bacon dressing

Heat up the grill. Mix the zucchini and the mushrooms with the garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Put the veggies in a grill basket and place on the grill. When they are almost cooked through, take the tomato bacon dressing and brush onto the veggies.

This was excellent. Dave made up the recipe and we both loved it!