Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday smells like... Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Okay, so if I'm being completely truthful, Saturday (today) only smells like hot dogs.  Oh, and chili.  But we had some seriously delicious hamburgers earlier this week that I took a picture of to share with you, so it just made sense to put the posts together.  Prepare to lick your screen.

First up, mexi-burgers--

Last weekend, J used a bunch of our tomatoes to make fresh salsa, and for some reason, that put me in the mood for hamburgers with salsa on them.  No, I've no idea why, but it sounded good.  Anyhow, J mixed the following into the ground beef:  an egg, diced onion, panko breadcrumbs, taco season, garlic, and S&P.  Then, he made two huge patties. While those cooked, I sliced lettuce and onion and diced a jalapeno pepper.  When the burgers were mostly cooked, he put a slice of cheddar cheese on to melt (Tip J taught me--put a little water in the skillet and add a lid.  The steam will totally melt the cheese!).  When the cheese was melted, we put the buger down on the bed of lettuce, tossed on the jalapenos, added the layer of onion, and topped with the salsa.  Needless to say, we ate the hamburger with a fork and knife.

Next, Chili Dogs--

We still have a ton of tomatoes, so while I was at a DAR meeting today, J started to make spaghetti sauce with some of them.  By the time I got home, the hearty red/meat sauce was cooking down nicely.  Then, I remembered that pasta isn't really on J's diet (he was thinking about buying fresh pasta to eat it with, rather than our usual standby spaghetti squash) and asked if we could turn the sauce into chili.  J accomodated, and added beans, peppers, and a variety of seasonings/rubs that made it more chili-like.  While he was cooking it down even more, I suggested that perhaps we should go buy hotdogs (In JE world, chili is best when eaten on a hotdog!).  Fresh grated cheddar and diced onions rounded out this delicious meal.  (Oh, and for the record, J sliced his hotdogs and added them to the chili since he couldn't eat the bun anyway.)

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