Monday, June 25, 2012
With another little one on the way, I've been trying out lots of new ideas and recipes for quick meals: sandwiches, pastas, burgers, etc. By the time my tiny one arrives in September, I'm hoping to have a nice repertoire of quick meals so we can keep eating delicious food while taking care of our new little girl and her big sister... (Leave a comment with ideas for meals!!!)
When I had the first one, I was more than a little delusional about how much time I would have to cook. I thought I'd be making three-course meals while she slept the day away. She did sleep a lot, but in fits and spurts (and her preferred location was on top of mommy!), allowing little time for extravagant meals. More than once we resorted to take-out... This time I know what I'm in for!
These burgers had me at the title. Beef, andouille, cheese... And they're topped with a delicious sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes, mustard and mayo. Add some fire roasted peppers and this is a burger I'll eat again (and again).
Beef and Andouille Burgers with Asiago Cheese
adapted from the Bon Appetit Cookbook
4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
6 ounces andouille sausages,* cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
1 large shallots, minced
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
4 large sesame-seed hamburger buns
Sliced Asiago cheese
1 7- to 7 1/2-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
Lettuce and sliced onion, if desired
Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes in processor. Blend in mayonnaise and mustard. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
Finely chop andouille sausages in processor. Transfer to large bowl. Add beef, shallots, salt, pepper, and crushed fennel seeds. Stir with fork just until blended. Form mixture into 4 1-inch-thick patties.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill hamburger buns until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to platter. Grill hamburgers to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Place cheese over top of burgers and allow to melt.
Spread cut sides of hamburger buns with sun-dried-tomato mayonnaise. Top bottom halves of buns with hamburgers, then red peppers. Top with lettuce and onion slices. Cover with top halves of buns and serve.