The Tastespotting Game

I know, I know where have I been? It s a long story but I am back now with a new game for you. I was having a case of the dinner blues and just could not think of what to make. I was surfing the web and nothing was inspiring me, so I commissioned M to help. I told him to surf randomly through Tastespotting.com and find something that seemed interesting and no matter what it was; providing it was not dessert, I would make it for dinner and then post about it. I thought it would be fun to try out some of my fellows foodies creations or finds, plus it would solve the whats for dinner question. Leave it to M to settle on a spicy burger! The Bloody Mary Burger by Culinary Cory. These were mini burgers but I wanted something more substancial so I modified them for a normal burger.

Here is what I did:

1 lb ground beef, I used a 90/10
2 Tbsp Ketchup
1 Tbsp Tabasco (we like spice so I uped the amount from 1 tsp.)
1 1/2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. Horseradish
1/2 small yellow onion, minced
1 tsp. celery salt
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Mix it all together and make 4 patties. Grill up until desired doneness, I like my burger medium-medium rare. I topped these with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a cucumber, avocado salsa.

Bloody Mary Burgers

The Salsa was super easy, 1 whole english cucumber, sliced in half , seeds scooped out and large dice, 1 diced ripe avocado, and 2 scallions sliced. The dressing is the zest and juice of 1 lime, a splash of red wine vinegar, 1 T honey, 1 T olive oil, a handful of chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk everything together and stir in to the cucumber, avocado and scallion mixture. Serve chilled! It was perfect on the burger as is and for chips later with some hot sauce!Next time I will mince up some jalapeno and through it in.

Cucumber Avocado Salsa

It was a perfect spring day that day so I became inspired to do picnic sides but updated.

Healthy Potato Salad -Courtesy of Martha Stewart which I really enjoyed. I served it room temperature and it was a perfect side to the burgers. I also served up a healthy slaw of crisp tart apples, fennel and carrots; this too courtesy of Martha Stewart and her Real Simple Team! This was made with yogurt and celery seeds and I thought it would be a great compliment to Bloody Mary Burgers. To be honest this was not my favorite. I thought it was a little heavy on the celery seeds. But M liked it enough. I think I liked the idea alot and will most likely try this again with some tweaking.

Real Simple Potato SaladApple, Fennel, and Carrot Slaw

Well over all this was fun. I like playing the Tastespotting game! Thank you Culinary Cory for a great recipe and tasty burgers!

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