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The Food Dude: The Accidental Ariba Burger

The Accidental Ariba Burger
The Accidental Ariba Burger

It’s time again for another burger article.

Why?

Because I’m obsessed with them and can’t quite help it.

Some time ago I decided to document my food creations in a portfolio with about 30 percent of the total content dedicated to burgers.

I cloister these files with an attention to detail (including double-encrypting) that is almost alarming. But when you’ve had more than a few instances when your ideas were exploited by employers or colleagues for profit, one tends to get a little guarded.

In this portfolio (which I affectionately refer to as The Food Dude Vault) there is a special burger recipe that I created three years ago based on a happy accident involving a slice of bell pepper.

I had rolled out a large amount of ground beef mixture that, among other things, I had spiced with chili flakes and garlic powder. I was about to cut it into patties when I realized that my custom-made cookie cutter was missing.

Naturally, I searched my kitchen with growing impatience for a circular object that could function as one for a substitute.

When I spotted a ring-shaped slice of bell pepper atop my cutting board I seized the next logical step and began using that to shape my spicy hamburger patties.

In my rush to get them all on the hot grill at the same time, I left the final patty inside the ring of bell pepper by accident. When I saw it there on the grill shortly afterwards, rather than lamenting at my blunder I was struck with an epiphany; a burger patty surrounded by a ring of bell pepper would be both delicious and beautiful. Thus, I created:

The Ariba Burger

Ingredients

- 1 lb ground beef

- ½ lb ground pork

- 1 large onion, finely diced

- 2 large eggs

- 1 tbsp chili flakes

- 1 tbsp garlic powder/garlic salt

- 1 tbsp basil

- 2 – 3 bell peppers, thickly sliced widthwise

- 1 tsp each salt and pepper

- 1 cup each mozzarella and cheddar cheese, shredded

- ½ head of iceberg lettuce, shredded

- 4 tomatoes, sliced

- 1 cup sour cream

- 1 cup salsa

- 1 cup tortilla chips, crumbled

- 8 - 12 hamburger buns

Directions

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and griddle/grill to 350 F.

- Combine meat, eggs, salt, spices, basil, and onion in a large bowl until smooth. Lay down a large sheet of plastic wrap and roll the meat mixture flat at around 3 cm height.

- Cut your bell peppers into rings at the same thickness as your meat mixture and press the rings down into the meat as if cutting a cookie.

- Remove ring with meat mixture centre and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper until all meat mixture or rings are used.

- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes; remove and cook the rest of the way on your griddle/grill, melting a measure of your shredded cheese on top once flipped. Dress each side of your bun with sour cream and salsa respectively and dress the rest as preferred, being sure to sprinkle each patty with your tortilla chips crumbs if desired.

This burger is a Mexican-flavoured amazement that is sure to be a hit at any barbecue or potluck and has a similar overall flavour to tacos.

I hope you enjoy this gem that I released from The Food Dude Vault.

Who knows? If you twist my arm there may be more yet to come!

Ariba!

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