Before all the knocking up went down, I made an AWESOME dinner…as y’all know, I’m not 100% or even 75% happy to be eating meat for the short term, but I chose this program, and I’m not whining. It’s very rare that I eat red meat, but sometimes you just have an urge for a burger! I decided to make this:
Bleu Cheese-Stuffed Burgers with Onions and Peppers and a Balsamic Reduction
- 2lbs ground beef
- container of blue cheese crumbles (I used Publix brand…I think it’s 8oz?)
- 1.5 onions (I had an unused half in the fridge, and I added another)
- carton of baby portabella/crimini mushrooms
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Divide the beef into 8 equal portions and form into loose patties. Ppace ~1-2 Tbls of crumbles in the middle of each patty and seal by shaping and closing the patty around the cheese, flattening into a normal(ish) patty shape. Repeat with the remaining meat wads. (Mine were pretty thick…I was afraid if they were on the thin side, the cheese would escape)
Slice the onions and mushrooms and sauté in EVOO until they’re brown and caramelized. Remove from pan and set aside. Pour balsamic vinegar into the hot pan and reduce on medium-high until its viscosity resembles oil (but not as thick as syrup; bottom line – you just want to thicken it a bit).
Grill the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side. When you assemble burgers, top each patty with some of the balsamic reduction and a spoonful of the onions and mushrooms.
[Insert Homer Simpson drooling noise here] It was pretty good served alongside some oven-roasted zucchini! (Yeah, we're still using Christmas china. It'll get packed away this week!)
Oh, remember when I mentioned Lost a couple paragraphs ago?
Doesn’t my swirling balsamic vinegar look like the SMOKE MONSTER???
No? Oh c’mon! I sat there swirling that pan for a long time and took a dozen pictures! Just leave me here in my islandy delusions. We’re at EIGHT DAYS, PEOPLE!!!!
Who else watches LOST??