When my son Giuliano and his friends come visiting from university we traditionally have burgers for the first dinner....no matter what meals I serve, Certified Angus Beef Burgers will ALWAYS remain his favorite! So while I was collecting my thoughts and ideas for the 2015 Certified Angus Beef Brand Recipe Contest #GrillTalk I got one of those calls that make you both jump for joy and scratch your head.....Giuliano was going to be driving through on his way to Tampa LATER TODAY AROUND LUNCH TIME! That was the jump for joy part.....BUT....noon today ( a mere two hours away) with 3 friends in tow was the ....OMG what am I going to feed them, I'm working on a contest entry was the tidbit that got me a little panicked!
ANGUS BEEF to the rescue! I mean seriously...what was I worried about? I had the best ground beef in the world on hand, I had my recipe ideas and now I had not one but FOUR taste testers who would give me brutally honest opinions.....so it was hi ho hi ho it's off to the kitchen I go.....right after I fired up the grill!
I've been sneaking healthy veggies into my kids food since they first started eating solid foods.....if I was ever questioned I just told them anything green was simply mommies fresh herbs! Hahaha they bought it time and time again!
Before I get to the recipe I should explain a little about the contest I was working on! The Food and Wine Conference #FWC will be held this year in Orlando at the beautiful Rosen Shinge Creek July 17-19. I am super excited to be going this year as a brand ambassador and can't wait to meet in person so many of my online foodie friends! The schedule of speakers is totally amazing...you simply must check out all that is on offer! If you are interested in attending the conference leave me a message in the comments and I will send you a special discount code for your conference tickets!
OK on to my contest entry!
First I julienned 8 slices of smokey bacon and tossed them into a large saute pan over medium high heat.
While the bacon got started, I chopped a large sweet onion.
I poured off the bacon fat, but reserved about a teaspoon in the pan. Then the chopped onions went in along with 2 cups of chopped fresh Kale.
In another pan I sauteed 6 ounces of chopped mushrooms, a finely minced clove of garlic and 2 tablespoons butter.
When the mushrooms were toasty brown I added a sprig of fresh parsley that I gave a rough chop to.
Once the onions were translucent and the kale wilted it was time to mix them together with the mushrooms and let them cool just a bit.
I got the Summer Sammie condiments ready to go: 4 ounces of crumbled blue cheese, 2 cups of mixed salad greens that included shredded carrots and cabbage (remember the sneaky veggie trick?....It strikes again!) and 1/2 cup of a refreshing balsamic vinaigrette.
I used 2 pounds of ground Angus Beef gently mixed with the kale/mushrooms, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to form 6 large patties about an inch thick. Don't overwork the mixing or forming patties,,,be gentle! When you have your patties formed make a thumb indentation in the center of each patty.....they will grill better that way!
12 slices of bread went on half of the seasoned grill over low heat and the 6 patties went on the other half of the seasoned (rubbed with canola oil)over high heat. The bread slices take just a couple of minutes for each side to toast and get lovely grill marks. The patties will take about 4 minutes per side for medium rare depending on your grill.
When the patties are grilled to your desired wellness....its time to build the Summer Sammies! Bread first, them a bit of the salad mix, topped with a patty, ( the grilled bread is perfect for soaking up all of the patty juices) crumbled blue cheese, more salad mix and a generous drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette and finally the second slice of grilled bread.
Now stand back and marvel at just how fast these Summer Sammies can be devoured! They got RAVE reviews from all four boys, my husband and I LOVED them too! I quickly made my last minute recipe notes and finish my Summer Sammy before just relaxing and enjoying the rest of the afternoon with my guys!