Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's Wednesday. So, What's Cooking?

Hamburgers Sloane Style, Grilled Veggies, and Sautéed Mushrooms

Tomorrow is the day I will not get out of the kitchen until just before we sit down to the feast. Considering all the energy I’ll expend, I want something so easy for dinner tonight it practically cooks itself. And here it is;

Hamburgers Sloane Style
Grilled Veggies
Sautéed Mushrooms
Cold Beer

Grilled Veggies
Yellow and Red Peppers
A few pats butter per packet
And anything else that strikes your fancy!

Slice all the veggies to medium thickness pieces. I like to slice the zucchini and potatoes on an angle. It just looks nice.

Make one package per person. Pam aluminum foil, then layer veggies onto foil. Season with pepper and pats of butter. Seal tight.

Grill 15-20 minutes on medium.

Since it’s winter, you may need to use your oven. If so, heat the oven to 350°. Lay the veggie packets on a cookie sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.

Hamburgers Sloane Style
Ground Sirloin about ½ pound per adult – ground chuck may be used
Worcestershire Sauce 1 dash per adult
1 egg per 1 ½ pounds meat
chives snipped, fresh or jarred

Beat the egg lightly in a small bowl. Combine the meat, Worcestershire Sauce, and handful of chives into a mixing bowl. When the mixture is well combined, break off clumps of the meat and form balls. Set them onto waxed paper, then cover with another sheet. Use a small plate to press the meat into a patty the thickness you like. Refrigerate until ready to grill outside or on the stove.

Cook turning once on a medium to low flame until they are done to your preference.

Use any type roll that suits your fancy and dress with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato and the mushrooms. You can also add cheese for the topping. If you do, then lay it over the burger a minute or two before the end of the cooking time.

Sautéed Mushrooms
Baby Portobello mushrooms
Onion sliced thin
Olive oil
Dry Vermouth or White Wine

Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel. This can be done early in the day if that’s more convenient.

Set a frying pan on medium heat. When the pan is quite warm, add a small amount of olive oil and butter. As the foam subsides add the sliced onion. Sauté for a few minutes, be careful not to brown or burn the onion.

I prefer to slice the mushrooms in half lengthwise. They cook better. Add them to the frying pan and sauté for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until well coated with the oil mixture.

Pour about 2 tablespoons of vermouth or wine onto the mushrooms then cook a few more minutes. These can be served hot or room temp, but not cold.

I'll be back Monday with Clarissa Johal. Until then...


Sloane Taylor
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  1. You had me at hamburgers...and grilled veggies...oh, and mushrooms... and definitely beer. Oh hell, you had me at everything! What time is dinner? Seriously, wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving in health, mind, life and spirit. Cheers and salute, Sloane!

    1. Thanks for stopping in and the holiday wishes, Sharon. You're always welcome for dinner.:)

  2. Great recipes once again Sloane. Love mushrooms so that's a must. Haven't made my own humburgers before. Always buy them pre-made and ready to grill. I can't wait to try this out. Thanks.

    1. You're welcome, India-Jean! Glad you like the recipes. Please be sure to tell me what you think after you make them.:)

  3. Oooohhh, it's mushroom season here in France and the markets have loads of varieties on sale, though my favourite is a Sunday brunch of scrambled eggs served with some lightly fried girolles. Yum!

    1. Charlotte, I'm jealous! All we get in my area are baby bella and white mushrooms.:( Thank you for coming by and tempting my taste buds.:)