Friday, July 15, 2011

Rosa’s Juicy And Tasty Italian Veal Burgers

One of the things I like about cooking is finding new recipes. And the best way to find new recipes is by eating other people’s food. Of course, if you like someone else’s recipe, you might have to fight them to get it. Other times, people just enjoy sharing their knowledge or family secrets. I, personally, like to bug people to get their recipes. It’s much better and so much more fun than finding recipes in books or magazines. At least, other people’s recipes have been tested and tried and you can be assured they are close to perfection. I got the following recipe from my mom, who got it from one of her coworkers, Rosa. Of course, Rosa is Italian, and of course, she’s got some amazing recipes to share.

This is one of my favorite burger recipes. Who ever said a burger absolutely had to be made of beef? This one, made of veal, is delicate yet bold in taste. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat. If you feel like making burgers but want to give your sandwiches a little fancy twist, this is the perfect recipe to let yourself go! It’s juicy and savory, just like a Friday night snack should be!

Makes 4 burgers or 3 bigger ones

Veal Pattie
600gr ground veal
1 egg, beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp sundried tomatoes, thinly chopped
About 1 cup goat cheese, chopped
Salt & Pepper

In a large bowl, blend together all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Make 4 patties. Set aside.

½ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Set aside.

1 large onion
1 red bell pepper (optional)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, cook the onions and peppers in the balsamic vinegar until they become tender. It should take about 20-30 minutes.

When ready to serve, cook the patties in a large skillet over medium heat. Cooking time should be about 7-8 minutes. You could use a BBQ but because of the filling in the meat, the patties might disintegrate on the grill… so be careful if that’s your choice of cooking method.

Toast a burger bread, put a patty on top. Scoop some of the mayonnaise and top with the onion and red pepper mixture. Serve hot with a crunchy summer salad on the side. 

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