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Jalapeno, Blue-cheese Burgers

July 6, 2011

Jalapeno, blue-cheese burgers. A meal Jeff suggested we make as he has made them before and loves them. As for me, I am not a fan of fresh jalapeno, nor blue cheese. There are few things in the world I won’t eat, and these are two, by themselves, I avoid. However, when combined with ground beef and spices, it makes for a surprisingly delicious burger!

The blue cheese, pungent and creamy on its own, is offset by the heat of the jalapeno peppers. The jalapeno peppers, too spicy for me by themselves, are toned down by the creaminess and tang of the blue cheese. Very complementary.

They are very easy to make and unless your friends are vegan or vegetarian, I don’t see why they won’t love them.

Ingredients:

-2 lbs extra lean ground beef (about 4 oz. per person)

-12 oz. blue cheese

-8 jalapeno peppers (1 per person, at least)

-3 tbsp soy sauce

-to taste: garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.

Equipment/Materials:

-cutting board + chef’s knife

-large mixing bowl

-cookie sheet + spatula

-grill

Directions:

1. Chop the jalapeno peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds (save some if you want extra heat). Chop finely with a chef’s knife and dump into the large bowl.

2. Add the blue cheese, ground beef, soy sauce, and spices.

3. With your bare, clean hands, mush (yes, mush) everything together until everything is incorporated. Knead it all together like dough.

4. Form into hamburger sized-patties. Make a little thumbprint/indentation in the center (because when the patties cook, they swell in the middle).

5. Cook on a hot grill for 6-8 minutes each side. Top with your favorite cheese (I like swiss) and serve on whole wheat burger thins.


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