Sensational Savories

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What You’ll Need

  • Soft hamburger rolls, buttered and toasted
  • Condiments and toppings as desired, such as mayonnaise, mustard, shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pickles
  • Serving size for 1 burger = 4 ounces (110g) freshly ground beef chuck, divided into two 2-ounce (55g) balls
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Good melting cheese, such as American or cheddar

Instructions

  1. Prepare burger bun by laying toppings on bottom half of bun. Have it nearby and ready for when your burger is cooked.
  2. Preheat a large stainless steel sauté pan or skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. Place balls of beef in pan and smash down with a stiff metal spatula, using a second spatula to add pressure. Smashed patties should be slightly wider than burger bun.
  3. Season generously with salt and pepper and allow to cook until patties are well browned and tops are beginning to turn pale pink/gray in spots, about 45 seconds. Using a bench scraper or the back side of a stiff metal spatula, carefully scrape patties from pan, making sure to get all of the browned bits.
  4. Flip patties and immediately place a slice of cheese over 1 patty, then stack the second directly on top. Immediately remove from pan and transfer to waiting burger bun. Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need

  • White cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Blueberries

Substitutions and Variations

Red Stripes: you could use hard salami, ham, red pepper or even grape tomatoes

White Stripes: you could use cauliflower, white cheese such as mozzarella, muenster or even white cheddar cheese.

Blue Stripes: this is a little trickier. Besides blueberries, you could use a blueberry flavored yogurt with the white stars on top. Or crushed blue tortilla chips would be great also.

Instructions

  1. Place the blueberries in a bowl and then place the bowl in the corner of a large platter or cutting board.
  2. Slice the cheese into squares.
  3. Create red and white stripes using the pepperoni and cheese (or any red & white variation of food you choose).

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What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups spinach and arugula salad mix
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (about 1/2 pint)
  • ⅓ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Toast the pecans in a 400°F oven until slightly browned and fragrant, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add spinach and arugula mix, blueberries, pecans and feta cheese, tossing gently to combine.