Mackers' Gourmet Chicken and Goat Cheese Burgers
For my chicken burgers I started with a pound of ground chicken that I mixed with about 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, a few turns of fresh cracked pepper, a pinch or two of sea salt and about 4 tablespoons of fresh thyme. I say if you are in the mist of a burger challenge go big... I divided the ground chicken into two 1/2 pound burgers and then seasoned them with a little garlic salt all over.
In my grill pan over medium high heat I cooked the burgers for 6 minutes before flipping. About three minutes after flipping the burgers I noticed the pan had got so hot that if I keep the burgers going as they were the outside would be really burned after a few more minutes. So I deglazed the pan with a little more than a cup of Riesling and let the burgers cook in the wine for another 6 or 7 minutes. The house smelt wonderful from the wine and it did end up imparting some great flavor on the burgers. After the burgers were done I let them rest on a plate tented with foil while I finished prepping the rest of dinner.
Earlier that evening I roasted a head of garlic in the oven. To do that I sliced the top off of a garlic head, drizzle olive oil on top and add a pinch of sea salt. I wrap the head in foil and stick it in a 350 oven for 45 minutes. Once its out and cooled I squeeze all of the roasted garlic out of the shell and mix it with a 1/2 cup of mayo, a couple turns of fresh cracked pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice for a very simple garlic aioli.
For the side I made my baked sweet potato fries. The recipe is savory rather than sweet and goes great with the garlic aioli.
Savory Sweet Potato Oven-baked Fries
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 sweet potatoes cut into fries
3 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine Parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and salt in a small bowl. Coat potatoes with 2 tbsp. oil, then add Parmesan mixture, tossing to coat. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with remaining oil. Place wedges on the baking sheet and roast until golden brown for 15 minutes then turn and roast 15 more minutes. The potatoes will be sticky, turn with a metal spatula.
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Have a great summer, filled with great times, fun in the sun and lots of burgers!