Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recipe Improv: Bella Burgers with Beet-Slaw

Another recipe improv! This was was definitely more tricky than the last one. Just to recap: The recipe improv is where I ask 5 friends to name the first ingredient that comes to their mind, and I have to make a meal using those 5 ingredients. This time, my ingredients were beets, mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese and greek yogurt. There was  a little bit of a problem here, because I didn't specify in the rules that I wouldn't use meat as an ingredient. My friend Seth suggested bacon, but I cheated and used fake bacon (a.k.a. fakin').

I was also having a hard time thinking of something decent to cook with these ingredients. My top two choices were sushi and an omelette, but my friend Alisa suggested the burger. After she suggested it, I couldn't think of anything else! So thanks, Alisa, this was a really good idea. Honestly, I wasn't sure how tasty it was going to be, but it was really good! The sweetness of the beets went well with the saltiness of the cheese and bacon. All in all, I'd call this a win!

Now I need your help again - another call for ingredients! Please keep them all vegetarian this time. Instead of 5 ingredients, I think I'm going to cut it down to 3 and see what that's like. So, the first 3 ingredients named (from 3 different people) will be used. Annnnd...go!

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For the slaw:
1 C shredded cabbage
1 beet, sliced thinly
2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
a few shakes of sesame seeds
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp rice vinegar
fresh black pepper

1) Boil the beet until tender. Drain the liquid and mix with the cabbage. Mix all ingredients together and taste for flavor.

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For the bellas:
1 portabella mushroom, washed and sliced
marinade of your choice (I used honey teriyaki)

1) Marinate the mushrooms for as little as 1 hr, or up to overnight.

3) Saute in a non-stick pan for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until tender.

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Saute over medium heat for a couple minutes. Careful, they go from "cooked" to "burned" kind of fast.

Put it all together and what do you get?

On a toasted hamburger bun, layer the hot bellas and put a slice or two of cheddar cheese over them. The sharper the better, in my opinion. Cut the fakin' in half and layer over the cheese. Top with the beet-slaw, and you've got yourself a sandwich!

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Jess S said...


Melissa said...

Good one! I love avocado!

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Alisa said...

That looks pretty good. I'm hungry, haha!

GG said...

lemon grass paste...i know you have it!