Makes 8 sliders
1 lb ground beef, preferably organic and 80/20
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp garlic salt
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, preferably organic
3 pepper colby jack cheese, 8 small slices (or 4 large slices, available at the deli)
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
2 cups arugula
8 whole wheat dinner rolls, about 3 inches in diameter (available in the bakery section of most grocery stores)
2-3 tbsp butter, melted
4 long bamboo skewers, cut in half, or 8 short skewers
1) Slice rolls in half and set aside on a large plate or platter with arugula and cheese.
2) Mix ground beef with the herbs and spices in a small bowl using your hands. When the spices are evenly mixed throughout the ground beef, form 8 patties about 4 inches in size and place them on a large plate.
2) Cook bacon in a skillet until it’s browned on each side and remove to a plate covered with paper towels. Break each slice into 4 equal pieces.
3) Cook the mushrooms in the same skillet (without emptying the bacon grease) on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove to a small bowl.
4) Heat a grill pan or large skillet on medium high heat. When it’s hot, place the patties on the pan. Press the patties with a spatula occasionally as they cook to keep them from swelling up. Flip the burgers when they’re about half way cooked on the bottom side. After they burgers are cooked to your liking, place them on the large plate again (this time covered with a paper towel.) Place the slices of cheese on the patties and then put the burgers in the oven or microwaave to keep warm while you prepare the buns.
5) Brush the melted butter on the top and bottom (insides) of the buns and place them butter side down on the hot grill pan. Press down on the tops and let them cook for about 1-2 minutes. Place them back on the platter when they’re browned on the bottoms.
6) To plate the burgers, place the bottom bun on the platter, then add a burger patty topped with cheese, 3-4 mushrooms, 2 pieces of bacon, arugula, and the top of the bun. Stick a skewer through the middle to secure the slider. Repeat with the rest of the burgers and serve warm and fresh.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. raw shrimp, shells and tails removed (see notes)
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter (can add more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- ¼ cup minced lemon pieces*
- 8 ounces uncooked capellini noodles (I used Jovial gluten free)
- a handful of fresh chopped parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese for topping
- First five minutes: shrimp. Start a pot of boiling water for the noodles. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a small skillet. Press the excess moisture out of the shrimp (especially if they were originally frozen) and place them in the hot skillet. Don’t move them around right away - let them cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping them over to cook on the other side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while still in the pan. When the shrimp are cooked through, remove from heat and set aside.
- Second five minutes: sauce and noodles. Put the noodles in the boiling water and cook as directed on the package. In the skillet used earlier, add the garlic and butter and reduce the heat to medium. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, until the garlic is soft and fragrant. The garlic will taste bad if it gets burned so be careful! Add the wine and allow to cook down (simmer until there is less liquid) for a few minutes. Add the lemon pieces and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Finally, add the shrimp back to the skillet just to warm it up again.
- Last five minutes: assemble. Drain the noodles and return to the saucepan. Add the shrimp/lemon/garlic mixture and the fresh parsley. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and top with a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese.NOTES*I used frozen raw shrimp that still had the shell on so I had to spend a few minutes peeling the shells off. I also chose to remove the tails which was nice because then we didn’t have to worry about removing the tails while we were eating.
*I used pieces from the leftover blender lemonade. You could recreate this by finely chopping a little bit of lemon (rind and everything) or jjust use ½ tablespoons lemon juice and a spoon full of zest. You can easily adjust this depending on how lemony you want it to taste.