It’s been a little over a month since we started the new way of eating around here. We’re doing great.
Grilled fish, interesting sauces, smoothies, new salad combinations (watermelon, feta cheese and black pepper..oh my!) and lots and lots of water.
Lots of water.
Did I say that?
There’s still chocolate in our lives and a drink on the weekends, we’re happy and being creative in the kitchen and life is good.
Then the pork craving got us.
And got us good.
I wanted something Asian. Groom wanted a burger. So we compromised. And what used to be a Bobby Flay favorite from Boy Meets Grill took a walk on the wild side and now has become….
Drum roll please…..
Ground Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Green Onion Relish.
Grilled Pineapple and Green Onion Relish
Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill
4 green onions, brushed with olive oil and grilled for about 4 minutes til done on both sides.
1-½ cups overripe pineapple (because it didn’t get into a smoothie like it should), grilled about five minutes
A good swirl extra virgin olive oil
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
½ fresh lime, juiced, seeds removed
1 good squeeze wild honey
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
To grill the pineapple, I heated a grill pan on the stove and brushed it with a bit of olive oil. Grill long enough to get grill marks, about 5 minutes.
Slice the green onions, and add to bowl with pineapple and remaining ingredients. Let sit for at least half hour to blend flavors.
Ground Pork Burgers
1 pound lean ground pork
A good swirl of toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp garlic confit (or 2 fat garlic cloves, finely minced)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1tsp soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine ingredients and pat out into small burgers. Put on plate, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Grill burgers over medium heat for about four minutes a side. Let sit for five before serving.
Makes 6 small burgers.