Dear glorious root vegetable known as the beet: I am so happy I have found you. I remember being fed beets as a child and merely pushing them around my plate. I would have much rather been eating fresh green beans or even carrots. But beets?! Well, I have come full circle. Beets were paired with other tasty ingredients to create one heck of a vegetarian burger. I went there. And guess what? It was the best burger I have had in a long time. Any of my regular readers will know that I love reading food blogs. In fact I think I may have a problem. But I really do love hearing about new recipes, the stories behind them and the results. I am not sure how I stumbled upon this blog but I am so happy I did. It is the coolest blog: it pairs food with music. Duh! How come I didn’t think of this?! http://www.turntablekitchen.com/2010/02/the-northstar-burger-reinvented/
I have felt like I have needed to take a trip out of the country, like yesterday, to escape the winter blahs. Could it be something to do with the sub zero temperatures day in and day out? Lack of sunshine? A few days of ‘warm’ 30* temps as a teaser? Not sure. But what I do know is that hopping on a plane to a warmer locale wasn’t on my immediate agenda. Instead I had to improvise. Exhibit 1:
I was armed…and ready to tackle this famed burger. People rave about The Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. My insider information tells me they have fantastic homemade ginger ale. Hey…maybe Ohio is a great place to road trip to instead?
This recipe was really simple and I had all of the ingredients on hand. You saute onion in some oil, adding in the finely diced beets to cook down and become soft. Add in freshly chopped garlic to cook down for a minute or so then deglaze with cider vinegar (I bet balsamic vinegar would work as well). In another bowl smash up some black beans, add in some lemon juice, brown rice, thyme (I would use fresh next time, I used dried), parsley, coriander, salt, pepper and the beat mixture. You mix this all up add in a little binder – a little flour. And done! It will look something like this perhaps. Exhibit 2:
See that gorgeous parsley? Now picture the thyme peeking through as well. Oooh. Next time for sure! The burgers simply needed to be browned on each side. So…that is what I did. And then I added cheese and put a lid on top to melt the cheddar. But I got slightly impatient. I didn’t want to wait. I was hungry and fast approaching that cranky-hungry stage. I held off as long as I could…then I began my creation. Exhibit 3:
I built that burger atop a bed of spinach with a bit of ketchup and relish…and I liked it so much I even ate the other one (remember I am on vacation? I can indulge)…but no wrap. It was filling, so tasty and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything at all! I know, please, you don’t have to tell me. I really know how to whoop it up on a Sunday night – throwing down a new recipe, listening to my new Gomez tunes and dancing around the kitchen. Oh yes. It was pretty fantastic. But I was forgetting a step. Oh, right, of course. Exhibit 4:
And, that, my dear readers is one heck of a burger! It is even better that you can almost take a trip (even in your best of daydreams) on any old Sunday to any destination of your choice. Is this why I had a dream that night about entering a cycling race yet finishing on a unicycle? My Mom was totes proud. I was too…I don’t even know how to ride a unicycle or race on a bike! Have a fantastic Friday!! Thanks for reading!!