Juicy Burgers

After having a quick burger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries I really began craving for a burger. Now I’ve never made a burger before, so this will be something new to learn. I’ve been watching some cooking shows and daytime shows on burgers for the last few days and I think I finally figured out how to make a decent burger.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 lb. fresh ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cup diced onion

Step 1: In a large bowl, add all the ingredients.

Step 2: Mix the ingredients until combined, but don’t over mix the ground beef.

Step 3: Dived the ground beef into 4 portions and mold them into a round patty.

Step 4: In a preheated large pan over medium heat, add the patties and cook burgers until well browned, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 5: Flip burgers and cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside; about 3-4 minutes.(Can add cheese right after flipping the burger, and cover to allow the steam to melt the cheese.)

Step 7: Serve on hamburger buns.

Toppings:

  • Chopped lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Onion slices
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Relish
  • BBQ sauce
  • Etc.
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Luncheon with Some Friends

As I finished with my last exam for the week I felt the need to wind down from the hustle and bustle of life. So I decided to have a luncheon with some friends. Since we were getting together in the middle of the afternoon, I couldn’t call it lunch nor was it close enough to be called dinner. At one point I was thinking of calling it Afternoon Tea, but none of the others drank tea. So luncheon was it.

Menu:

Gnocchi with Garlic Butter Sauce

Craving for some gnocchi I decided to eat out, but then I ended up going to the grocery store instead. Finding the gnocchi in the pasta aisle I decided to make something with it instead of eating out. I found a recipe for gnocchi with sage butter sauce, but I didn’t have any sage so I used some other ingredients instead. Finding green onion and shallots in the refrigerator I decided to use this in place of the sage.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 (16 oz) package of gnocchi
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried sage (used in place: 1 stock of green onion, sliced and 5 cloves shallots, minced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: In a large pot of salted boiling water over high heat, cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface, 2-3 minutes

Step 2: Drain the gnocchi and set it aside

Step 3: Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat

Step 4: Stir in the garlic (I added the shallots as well)

Step 5: Cook the garlic until it has softened and is beginning to turn golden brown, 4 minutes

Step 6: Stir in the sage and salt for a few seconds (this is where I added the green onion)

Step 7: Add the gnocchi

Step 8: Gently toss the gnocchi with the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and ground black pepper

Step 9: Sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese when serving

Hotdogs and Pasta

Today I didn’t really feel like making a time consuming meal. Instead I found a jar of pasta sauce and some hotdogs in the refrigerator and decided to make them together. This recipe can use any brand of pasta sauce, but it has to be a red sauce of some sort. I prefer Prego because it’s a sweeter flavor sauce.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 (24 oz) bottle of pasta sauce (I will be using Prego’s Chunky Garden: Tomato, Onion, and Garlic)
  • 1 lb of pasta (spaghetti for this)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 5 hotdogs (cut into bite sizes)

Step 1: In a large pot, heat the oil and add the onions

Step 2: Cook the onions until they are caramelized

Step 3: While onions are caramelizing, boil the pasta for 10-12 minutes or until al dente and then drain

Step 4: Add the garlic and cook till aromatic

Step 5: Add the pasta sauce and hotdogs and cook until the hotdogs are fully cooked

Step 6: Place the cooked and drained pasta into the hot sauce and toss together.

Step 7: Serve hot.

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