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Monday, August 1, 2011

Burger all'Italiana

      Last year, McDonald introduced a new line of burgers in Italy appropriately named McItaly.  In the vegetarian version, they use an artichoke spread and Asiago cheese and in the beefy one, onions and smoked pancetta.  I would like to suggest McDonald my version of Burger all’Italiana. 

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Burgers cooking on a cast iron grill
Green, white and red (colors of the Italian flag)

Instead of a spread or sliced tomatoes, I use roasted peppers seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh parsley and minced garlic served on crusty bread baguette.

720 g / 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef (I prefer ground chuck)
1 bread baguette, cut in half
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the  barbecue.  No barbecue, preheat a seasoned, cast iron grill.
Lightly oil the barbecue grill or the cast iron grill and cook the burgers for about 8 to 10 minutes on each side.   Not sure if done, check the internal temperature of the meat with an instant-read thermometer. It is done when the temperature is 70°C / 160°F. 
Cut the baguette into 4 pieces.  Cut each piece in half horizontally.  Place the burger in the baguette and pile on the roasted peppers.


Not only it's delicious, it's healthy.