BLT Potato Sandwich

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BLT Potato Sandwich

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You make a really nice dinner…..you make baked potatoes………dinner is over……..What do you do with the left over bakers?????


You make BLT Potato Sandwiches of course!

This is more of a method than a recipe. The standard BLT is made up of five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread. The BLT evolved from the tea sandwiches served before 1900 at a similar time to the club sandwich. The first “recipe” for a BLT was published in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread.  But, everyone has their own way of making BLT sandwiches………. some  like toast, some like variations on bread, which is where my recipe…….a.k.a. method comes in.

Tim and I had a really nice steak and potatoes dinner one night. My intention was to make potato salad with the remaining potatoes. I was working on a BBQ recipe and we all know that BBQ needs either cole slaw or potato salad. That being said, I also have a ton of lettuce in my garden to use. Tomatoes are not ready yet………we had a very late start to the growing season here and a very cool summer so far, so things are not quite where they should be……but I digress. We also had some bacon to use up.

For me, a traditional BLT is on toast with chips on the side…….hmmmm……….why not use the potato for the base of my BLT. At first I was going to just warm up the potatoes and fill them with the BLT stuff, but as I looked at the potatoes I kept seeing bread. If I sliced them and sautéed them, maybe they would hold as the the bread………Glory Hallelujah it worked…..The “bread” for my BLT worked!!!!

BLT Potato Sandwich 1

The rest of the story is a lot less note worthy………just your basic BLT with Basil mayo. Now, as with any BLT, use the bacon you like, whatever tomatoes and lettuce you grow or purchase from your local Farmers Market……..Please visit your local Farmers Markets, your support means the world to them and the taste of local grown is beyond compare!

So the next time you are looking for something to do with those……..leftover potatoes……….try our BLT Potato Sandwich!

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BLT Potato Sandwich
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Baked potatoes cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or your favorite bacon)
  • 8 tomato slices
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Basil Mayo - ¼ cup mayo or salad dressing mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil.
Instructions
  1. Spray potato slices with cooking spray. Sauté slices over medium to medium high heat until crispy.
  2. You are using the potato slices as the bread. Spread the basil mayo on the potato slices, add the bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Place a slice of potato on the lettuce to form your sandwich. Secure with toothpick.
  3. Serve.

 

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Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers

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Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers

Cilantro Sriracha Burger

The 4th of July weekend brings with it camping, picnics, get togethers, fireworks and food. Speaking of fireworks, how about a firecracker of a burger……. our Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers.


Tim has a taste for the spicy, and Sriracha is one of his favorites. So, why not a burger with Sriracha???………no reason not too. This creation is all Tim……he told me what he wanted in a burger, and I added it in. Now, I must admit I wasn’t too sure about some of the ingredients, they all are strong flavors, but the result was amazing. The burger was spicy to be sure, not only is there Sriracha, but also jalapeño, cumin, onion, coriander, garlic, and cilantro. Now, the spicy was not that breathing fire, oh my God get me a glass of water spicy, it was more a I can breathe a little better now, tingle to your taste buds!

Sriracha Burger

For condiments, an extra layer of spice with some sriracha mayo. You can adjust the spice in the mayo to your taste. I kept mine to the less spicy side, but for those of you who like it hot…..add all you want!

Top the burger with some cool toppings…….lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado. The avocado was my addition. Tim is not as big a fan of them as I am, but they lent a cool creaminess that I really liked. But as with any burger, add the condiments you enjoy.

So, the next time a spicy burger is in order try the Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers, its fireworks for your tastebuds!

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Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Burgers:
  • 
1 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons cilantro,chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2½ teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 
1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 
3/4 teaspoons course salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices Pepper jack cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sriracha Mayo:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
1-2 teaspoons sriracha, or to taste
  • Garnish:
  • avocado
,tomato,
lettuce
,onion,
Sriracha Mayo
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. (you can also cook indoors on grill pan or in a skillet)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, cilantro, jalapeño, red onion, sriracha, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Form into 2-4 patties. (we make large burgers)
  3. Make the Sriracha Mayo by combining the mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl until combined.
  4. Cook the burgers over medium heat,to desired doneness. Top with pepper jack cheese during last few minutes to melt the cheese. Serve burger on toasted bun with Sriracha mayo, and desired condiments.

 

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Teriyaki Burger with Pineapple Mango Salsa

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Teriyaki Burger with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Teriyaki Burger

Burgers, burgers, burgers,…………Teriyaki Burger with Pineapple Mango Salsa.


Now that the weather is warm, I have two things on my mind……Salads and burgers. It is all we have eaten recently. Ok, we have had the obligatory pizza……several times.

We still have to get our grill up and running……….just lazy we are! But, we have a grill pan so……….sorta the same? Ok, not really, but these burgers were really great even without the aid of the outdoor grill.

My conception for these really came from pineapples and mangos being on sale at the store, and they were beauties. If cutting the pineapple and mango is not your thing, you can use canned or frozen, but it really is perfect with the fresh.

So, since I wanted to make a burger, and pineapple goes with an Asian flare, that was my direction. I added green onions, garlic, ginger, soy and a touch of red pepper flakes for heat to the beef. Now, I have made these twice, first time with ground beef, and the second time with ground chicken. Both were equally yummy, so what ever your taste is, go with that. A turn on the grill, and the burgers were done.

Teriyaki Burger Chicken

For the salsa……the pineapple and mangos were mixed with avocado, red pepper, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Then mixed all together and set it aside.

When I think of burgers, I always think of ketchup and mustard, but not with these and we do like something on a burger. The sauce was simple with the aid of my trusty imitation Bullet. We bought a cheap version, just to be sure, we would use it and liked it before we shelled out the cost for the real deal. Well, the cheapo has worked really well, so why spend over a hundred when you can spend twenty?

I just put all the ingredients for the sauce……fresh pineapple, soy, ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and a touch of sesame oil. Gave it a whirl in my handy, dandy, cheapo Bullet and I had a sauce…….well almost. I heated it to a boil and added a cornstarch mixture to thicken.

Lightly toasted Kings Hawaiian Buns were perfect for this burger. The burger, the sauce, and the salsa……..oh la la…….oh wait thats French………well anyway there were a tasty, tasty burger.

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Teriyaki Burger with Pineapple Mango Salsa
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Burgers
  • 1 pound ground beef (you can also use chicken or turkey)
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 Hamburger buns
  • Salsa
  • 1 cups fresh pineapple, diced into ½” cubes
  • ½ cup fresh mango, diced into ½” cubes
  • ½ avocado, diced into ½” cubes
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced into ½” pieces
  • ⅛ cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeño minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Sauce
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon each cornstarch and water
Instructions
  1. Burgers:
  2. Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the burgers in a medium bowl,and shape into 4 patties. Place your patties on the grill and cook 10-15 minutes or until well done, flipping half way through. Grill buns if desired.
  4. Salsa:
  5. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  6. Sauce:
  7. Place first 7 ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan. Over medium high heat, heated cook mixture until bubbly, about 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, blend cornstarch and water until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan. Heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Assemble the Burgers:
  9. To assemble burger place each burger on grilled bun. Spoon sauce over burger and top with salsa. Serve.
Notes
We like large burger so the serving size is 2. But if you like a smaller burger you can get 4.

 

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