Wednesday, July 13, 2011

All American Summer BBQ

This was one bangin' burger! It was juicy and had a perfect smoky flavor to it. Believe it or not this was the first burger we have ever grilled together and thankfully it turned out awesome. 

Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions and Truffle Mayo
Time: 15mins Prep and 12mins Cook
Ingredients: Ground beef, Onions, Fresh Buns, Favorite Toppings, Garlic Powder, Worcetshire Sauce, S&P, Truffle Oil, Mayo, Olive Oil

Truffle Mayo:
  1. You can make the mayo yourself...or you can just mix in truffle oil and garlic powder with some mayo made with olive oil like I did.
I personally love truffle oil due to the earthy and nutty flavor it adds to a dish, if you don't like it then you can just omit this part of the recipe.

Caramelized Onions:
  1. Chop one whole small onion.
  2. Use enough olive oil to coat your pan and add your chopped onions.
  3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and let it cook down on a medium low heat.
  4. Once the onions start caramelizing, turn the heat to a simmer or off and cover.
Burger Patties:
  1. 2lbs of ground chuck or ground round will make 4-5 patties (I mixed the two, a little higher fat helps make the burgers juicy).
  2. Add a few tbsp of worcestershire sauce, few pinches of salt and pepper,a few sprinkles of garlic powder, and chopped onions. Adjust these portions to your liking.
  3. Have some fun and get your hands dirty while mixing the seasonings into the beef.
  4. Form your patties slightly larger then you want them to be since they usually shrink a little once cooked.
  5. Grill the patties for 10-12 minutes for a medium burger.
  6. Place the cheese on the patties during the last few minutes and cover the grill to melt.
  1. Mix your smart balance with a few sprinkles of garlic powder and parsley flakes.
  2. Spread the mixture onto your buns and grill or toast them on a pan.
  3. Finally put together your amazing burger! 
Grilled Corn in Husks
Time: 20mins Prep and 20mins Cook
Ingredients: Corn, Smart Balance, Parsley Flakes, Garlic Powder, S&P

  1. Remove the silk from the corn and soak it for about 15-20 minutes in the husks.
  2. Spread the mixture of smart balance, parsley flakes, garlic powder, and salt and pepper and close the husks.
  3. Grill them for 15-20 minutes and enjoy! 
Pecan Pie

Since this is my honey's favorite pie, I finally decided to make an attempt at it. I used a foodnetwork recipe that included a few tbsp of bourbon, I personally thought this added a nice flavor to the pie. I will admit that I cheated on the dough and purchased store bought pie crust due to time. My only suggestion with this recipe would be under cooking the pie at around 30-35 minutes. I had mine in for the 40 minutes listed and ended up with a pecan cookie. To my surprise after a few days of keeping the pie covered I got the softer texture that I prefer. Overall the pie was great and I will definitely use this recipe again!

Check out the recipe here!

Enjoy your take on an All American Summer BBQ!

Source: Pecan Pie Photo from Food Network

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