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Green Bell Pepper and Onion Sliders

 

I have been dying to post this recipe for such a long time, but now I’ve freed up some space on my computer and I’m finally free from the evil clutches of my  start-up disk! Actually, this recipe was a lucky accident. I was cooking the pepper and onions for something (it was so long ago that I forgot!), we were out of the major ingredient, and I was left with a bunch of random sauteed veggies. Not knowing what to do with them, I threw caution to the wind and momentously threw them in a burger! Really. I grabbed the closest pack of meat and plopped them in. BAM! End of story. And what a happy ending it was! Those burgers were so simple, but still tasted wonderful, juicy, and savory, just the way I like ’em.

For this recipe, I let George Foreman’s Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine (complete with bun warmers) do all the work. I absolutely love this thing! It’s so simple, because all you have to do is turn it on and grill. And the plate it comes with captures all the grease and fat that slides off, so it’s super easy to make a healthy meal. Plus, the cheese melted like a charm. But if you don’t have some sort of grilling machine, it’s perfectly fine if you use the pan, too.

If you want to make regular burgers instead of a slider though, all you have to do is make the patties larger and cook the burger on medium heat on each side for 4 minutes.

Green Bell Pepper and Onion Sliders

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
  • dash of ground pepper
  • pesto
  • slider buns
  • sliced provolone cheese
  • lettuce
  1. Put oil onto skillet set on medium
  2. Cook garlic, onion, and pepper for 5 minutes until tender and season with a little salt
  3. Season beef with pepper and salt, and add in cooked veggies. Combine.
  4. Form patties small enough for the slider buns
  5. Add a little more oil to the skillet and cook the burger on each side until cooked the way you want it. Or, if you are using a grilling machine, put the patties on the grill, close the top over the patties, and cook for 2 minutes more or less (depending on patty size)
  6. Meanwhile, smear some pesto on 2 pieces of buns. Add some lettuce.
  7. Before the burger is almost cooked, add 1 slice of a folded up piece of provolone on the patty and wait for it to melt
  8. Put the burger on the bun and chow down!

Here is the regular burger made with Arnold Sandwich Thins and the skillet:

Now here are the burger sliders cooked on the George Foreman grill: (see also above)

That’s me multitasking by making 3 sliders at once 🙂

 

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Bobby’s Burger Palace

So there I am, finally eating all healthy, whole grains and carbs, veggies and fruits, meats and proteins and blah blah blah, and also working out and running. Yeah, I’m all proud, and , wait? Am I starting to see a trace of stomach muscle? OH YEAH. And then where do we go? Just the most perfect pig out spot in Paramus New Jersey: Bobby’s Burger Palace.

And yes, it was created by Bobby Flay. I found out about this place while watching the Food Network‘s (and yes, also the Cooking Channel now that we bought an upgrade!) The Best Thing I Ever Ate. They were doing an episode about burgers, and Claire Robinson, the host on Five Ingredient Fix (It’s amazing how many things I remember off the top of my head) was fantasizing and going crazy about a burger with potato chips. Yup. Burgers and chips. Now why didn’t we think of that, Bobby Flay?

Then Claire Robinson mentions the location, and I’m thinking “Paramus? It’s so close to us! We MUST leave right now.” And we did, 3 days later.There are only 5 restaurants so far in the U.S., and 2 of them are in New Jersey.

Anyhoot, it was pretty awesome. The vibe was all perky because of the green and orange palette, and all you have to do to order is go up to the counter, tell’em what  you want, they’ll give you a number and then bring it right to you. Since I’ve been obsessed with barbecue sauce lately, especially since I had just tried my first pulled pork at Chili’s a couple of weeks before, I inevitably got the Dallas Burger (spice crusted/cole slaw/monterey jack/BBQ sauce/pickles). You also get to choose angus beef, ground turkey, or chicken breast. I got turkey cooked to medium well. And I almost forgot, ANY burger can be crunchified, which basically means they’ll throw on a handful of chips and stick the whole thing together with a stick. All of our burgers were crunchified, fyi.

Mom got the Buffalo Style, Claire Robinson’s favorite. (red hot sauce/blue cheese dressing/watercress)

Dad, the Bobby Blue (blue cheese/bacon/lettuce/tomato)Sort of like a BLT-Bobby Lettuce Tomato.

Gia, the crunchburger (double american cheese/potato chips)

Yes. That’s the stuff. You eat it by compressing the chips with slight pressure with your hands, so that you can get some of those chips in every bite. My family and I all agreed that the burger was just the right size, juicy, good bun, and that we want to eat another one. I think this is my mom’s new obsession. Before before, it was carrot cake, before it was Red velevet cake with cream cheese (which is by the way insanely sweet and luscious for a cake made at Costco), and now this. I could probably go for another one right now, actually.

Besides their burgers, they had an assortment of sauces you could put on your burger and experiment with. Burger sauce, chipotle sauce, and jalapeno (goes from sweet to hot), just to name a few. I’ve also developed a new love for sweet potato fries, especially with that tangy honey mustard horseradish sauce they pair with it (ate them all before I could take a picture). So much better than french fries…

 

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