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Barbecuing Indoors

July 6, 2011

Hope you all had a great Canada day weekend!    The weather was beautiful and today was probably one of the hottest yet this summer.

All I keep thinking of is barbecuing this week but sadly…..I am barbecue-less.  Now is the time that I really wish we had a house, a back yard, patio chairs…..a barbecue.

Oh well!  I pulled together a bbq indoors today.    The oven did the trick and it was almost as good. 🙂

Fully loaded Feta Burgers 

Say that 5 times fast.

Enough extra lean hamburger meat to make three large or 4 regulars sized patties

1 egg

3/4 to 1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 T worchestire sauce

1 t salt and pepper

1 dried onion powder

1 t dried garlic powder

feta cheese cut into large chunks

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Mix the meat together just until ingredients are mixed in.  Handling good quality lean beef too much makes for a chewy, tough burger.

Once you have the desired size of your burger formed into a ball, place a large chunk of feta into the middle.

Using both of your hands cupped, gently form the meat around the cheese by turning it an inch each time covering it with your thumbs.

Once you can no longer see the feta, carefully shape the ball into a patty making sure the cheese doesn’t poke through.

I know…monster burger.  The man can eat, but do make them whatever size your heart desires.

To cook burgers indoors, begin by heating a frying pan with a heat proof handle (use cast iron and your awesome) on the stove top.  Add your burgers only once the pan is very hot.  Once meat is in the pan, let it fry until underside becomes brown and crispy.   Flip and do the same for the other side (about 5 minutes each side).    Place the frying pan into the preheated oven and cook until burgers are no longer pink inside.

Remove burgers and add buns to the oven to warm up.     Leave the oven on for the parsnip fries.

Parsnip Fries

I picked up some parsnips from the market so fresh they were picked right out of the ground and sold dirty.  Super dirty.

Clean, peel and cut parsnips into french fry shapes.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and toss with a bit of olive oil and seasoned salt.

Bake at 450 degrees F until brown and crispy.

Time to put your burger and fries together.

I don’t eat ground beef and had a veggie burger instead but these were a huge hit.  Both girls and the man loved this burger and that alone spell s u c c e s s in chez mason!

If you love a good veggie burger then I highly recommend this recipe.  It’s so easy, so good and freezes so easily.  For lunch I’ll often take one out of the freezer and crumble it onto a big green salad.

This was a long post 🙂  I’m pooped.


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