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Friday, November 20, 2009

Caesar Salad Burgers on Garlic Crostini



If you are looking for a burger and love garlic, and I do mean L-O-V-E garlic, then this recipe is for you, my friend.  This recipe came with my MacGourmet program (if you have a Mac, this is such an amazing program, by the way! Its set up like iTunes), and they got this recipe from the National Beef Cook-Off 1999.  I almost didn't keep this recipe initially because it sounded way too simple to be good, but oh my gosh, some of the simplest things in life really are the best!  This super-garlic burger, topped with parmesan cheese (the real stuff, guys...I will preach this each time I write about parmesan, so just do it), and a crispy, garlicky bun (I had to use plain ole hamburger buns since we aren't good enough to have sourdough) is simply amazing!  I can't explain how wonderful this is, so if you are willing to put up with garlic burps for the next 24 hours, please, please try this!  The burps are totally worth it!

Caesar Salad Burgers on Garlic Crostini
Serves 4

Burger:
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 Romaine lettuce leaves
1/4 cup freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic Crostini:
8 slices sour dough bread
extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, cut lengthwise in quarters


1. Combine ground beef, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four ¾-inch thick patties, shaping to fit the bread slices.

2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes to medium (160°F) doneness, until not pink in center and juices show no pink color, turning occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

3. Meanwhile brush both sides of bread slices lightly with oil. Place bread around outer edge of grid. Grill a few minutes until lightly toasted, turning once. Remove bread slices from grid. Rub both sides of each slice with a garlic quarter.

4. Place one lettuce leaf on four of the bread slices; top each with a burger. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; cover with remaining bread slices. Cut burgers in half, if desired; arrange on lettuce-lined platter, if desired.

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