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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Burger & Fries

This weekend is beautiful, and everyday we're getting closer and closer to Spring BBQ season, so I refreshed my take on burgers and fries. These portobello mushroom burgers look so similar to beef burgers they are a really fun trick of the eye. Kind of like these hamburger cupcakes...

Fun Fact: Portobello & Portabella mushrooms are the same, marketing people just came up with both names to try to appeal to customers. When a crimini mushroom reaches 4"-6" it is considered a porto(a)bello(a).

I think there are 2 important things when making portobello burgers - first marinading the mushroom caps in a delicious concocsion and second, weighting the tops down while grilling so they get nice and charbroiled.

Portobello Burgers:
2 portobello tops, cleaned and dried
1 garlic clove grated on a microplane (or finely chopped)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated on a microplane (or finely chopped)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey
black pepper

Marinade the mushroom caps for as long as you'd like (overnight works) or atleast 15 minutes. While the mushrooms are marinating start on the potatoes...then back to the mushrooms.
Spray a grill pan (or if you're lucky enough use an outdoor grill) and heat on medium / high. Grill the mushrooms for about 7 minutes a side (or until soft with nice brown grill marks). Make sure to weight the caps down with another pan, lid to a pot, or can while they cook!

While the mushrooms are marinating...make the "fries."
Tri-Color Oven Baked Fries:
1 sack tri-colored baby potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon each of rosemary, thyme & sage, chopped
5 garlic cloves, kept in the skins *they'll get nice and roasty toasty
salt & pepper

Heat oven to 425. Half the potatoes and toss with the olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt & pepper. Roast in the oven until brown and crisy (about 30 minutes).

Some nice things about our cute little rainbow of potatoes...
Red Potatoes fall under the "red" foods category:

RED produce contains fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals, such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which help prevent cancer, neurological and aging diseases, improve diabetes and increase your chances at a healthy heart.

Purple Potatoes fall under the "purple/blue foods" category:
BLUE / PURPLE produce contain fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins and flavanoids, which prevent memory loss, cancer, stroke, heart disease, promote urinary health and boost immunity.
When everything is ready, dress the burger up however you normally would (lettace, onion, tomato, cheese, ketchup, mustard, avocado, pickles...) and spoon up a big serving of fries!

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