Monday, March 30, 2009

Instructions for a yummy dinner!

Ok, so I decided to experiment a wee bit in the kitchen tonight and I was rewarded! On the menu tonight was: Stuffed burgers with smashed potatoes. Because it was so freakishly fantastic, I shall share the recipe with you and maybe you, too, will be drawn into the depths of your kitchen. :)

Your shopping list:

--around 1 lb. of hamburger (I used 90/10 ground sirloin)
--1 sweet onion
--bacon (2 pieces)
--baby spinach (about 1-2 handfuls)
--4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
--about 1 lb. of red potatoes (or however much you think you'll need.. I was feeding two ... with healthy appetites)
--butter (or margarine)
--shredded cheese (whatever kind you like... I just used some leftover from the fridge)

Ok. Here we go. First, put a pot of water on the stove to boil (for the potatoes). I added some salt to help it along and for flavor. While that's warming, scrub the potatoes and cut them into halves or quarters. Try to get them to be about the same size. Set those to the side.
Cut your onion in half and dice it up. Set these to the side, too.
Get two pieces of bacon and cut those into small pieces. By this time, the water on the stove should be boiling. Put your potatoes in the water once it is. Also, you can go ahead and get a large-ish bowl and put your meat in.

In a small skillet, over medium heat, fry up your bacon. Set your fried pieces of bacon on a plate. You want to try to keep as much of your bacon fat in the skillet. Toss those onions into the bacon fat in the skillet. Saute these up until they're nice and brown (and yummy sweet).
Toss half of the onions into the bowl with your hamburger meat. The other half go on the plate with the bacon.

Now, turn the heat on your skillet to low. Toss in a couple handfuls of baby spinach. They will wilt down quickly and just put those on your cutting board. Just give the spinach a once over with your knife to cut them up a bit.

By this time, your potatoes should be nice and done. Stick a fork/knife/whatever in them to test their tenderness. When it seems like they want to fall apart, they're done. Toss them into a strainer to get rid of the water and then put them back in the pot. You'll come back to those.

Now for the burgers! In your meat bowl, you'll have half the onions you cut up and sauteed (a quarter of an onion). Toss in your spinach and as much goat cheese as you want (I saved a little for a salad at a later date, but used most of the container). Mix it all up (oooo... gooey!)!!! Divide the mixture into four burgers. Set those on your grill (or skillet). I have a George Forman, so it's super easy. Wash your hands.. you've got hamburger goop on them!!

Now back to the potatoes. Give them a splash or two of milk around the pot. Toss in a heaping spoonful of butter or margarine. Add the rest of your sauteed onion and the bacon. Toss in a handful or two of shredded cheese (whatever suits your fancy). Smash!! Heat back up to warm on the stove and add salt and pepper to taste, if you so desire.

When your burgers are done, your potatoes should be warm and VOILA! Stuffed burgers and smashed potatoes!!!!

Some extras you might try (I might, next time around)...
Add some Worcestershire sauce or some bbq sauce to the burger mix.

I hope you try, and if you do... let me know what you think!!!

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