Okay so I’ve been a slacker the last day or so. I know, I know. But with all the fun attention from getting on foodbuzz (did I tell you all how much I love you for that!) top 9 for the first time I was just kind of basking in it for a day. Not that I wasn’t cooking. I was just stressing over how to follow up that brownie recipe. I must thank everyone who voted for it, you guys rock. It was my first time on the list and I was so thrilled I pretty much woke up the whole family with my hooting and hollering. So thank you to those who voted for it. I am grateful to you. Also huge thanks to foodbuzz for picking it. I was stunned and incredibly happy. So yesterday was a happy day. I would love to tell you I celebrated by going out to dinner or taking a day off housework. But alas I cooked and did a zillion loads of laundry. Tackling that never-ending pile is a full time job.
So how do I follow up the best brownies in the world. Well I taunt you with this:
Seriously have you met me? Oh, I suppose some of you haven’t. Er, ya, I’m a bit loopy some days. Moving on.Okay I should get serious right? *cannot stop laughing*
So with The Shiksa in the Kitchen you get tasty food and an incredible history of food. I love her blog. She is smart, sweet and I have not told her this yet but she reminds me of Soleil Moon Frye. You know who that is right? Punky Brewster all growed up. Tori looks like her. She is stunning and tiny and I am jealous every time I stop by. So basically I am jealous every day. But it’s all good as she is charming and I adore this lady. I mean sometimes I think of the Friends episode where Soleil plays the girl who punches Joey all the time. Then her and Rachel get into it and Rachel kicks her. Er, sorry, went off topic again didn’t I. So to sum up my ramblings, I did one of The Shiksa’s recipes and I am jealous of her figure and I think she looks like a growed up Punky Brewster. Aren’t you glad you stopped by? I mean where else do you get these kind of quality writing.
Anyhow, I did The Shiksa’s Ima Burgers. I could not be happier with the results. This was one rocking burger. I have to admit I made a couple small changes, simply as I didn’t have a couple ingredients. I had talked to Tori a couple of weeks ago about trying this out. Well it took me 2 weeks to find sriracha sauce here locally. Luckily I went in to a nice grocery store in the city last week to get some pastries healthy fish and happened to stumble upon it. Oh did I mention I joined stumble upon? You can find me HERE. Funny I didn’t plan a plug there but when you just happen to stumble upon an opportunity to mention stumble upon then you just have to jump on the chance to plug your stumble upon link. After all that shameless plugging of my stumble upon account I should really check to make sure my stumble upon link is working correctly. So excuse me really quick while I verify my stumble upon link for you guys. Okay it’s good. Hey did you know The Shiksa has a stumble account as well.
Oy, I think Tori must be shaking her head right about now. You are all thinking I’ve been in the sauce again. Honestly I don’t even like sauce. Alcohol yes, sauce not so much. Unless it’s strawberry sauce. Okay, okay I will stop I promise. Hyper mode. This is what happens when you eat half a pan of chocolate bark work hard all day. It’s like when you get a sugar rush from something, not that I know anything about that. I would never eat half a pan of these:
So now on to this:
THE SHIKSA IN THE KITCHEN’S IMA BURGERS – LUNATIC STYLE:
SOURCE- THE SHIKSA IN THE KITCHEN
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons dried parsley
1/4 cup onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Veggie oil for frying (optional)
Sriracha Mayo Ingredients:
2/3 cup good quality mayo
4 tsp sriracha (less if you don’t want it too spicy)
Place ground beef in a mixing bowl.
Cut off crust of bread. Put in a flat bottomed bowl and pour olive oil over top. Let it soak in then flip over and let other side soak as well.
Shred the bread, I tossed mine in the food processor, and add it to the meat along with all your spices and eggs.
Mix this all together by hand, or with a fork, or on low speed in a stand mixer.
Preheat your grill.
Place on grill and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Brushing them with olive oil is a huge Shiksa tip and I am glad I did it. Also don’t keep flipping them over and over. Just let them cook all the way on one side then flip. Over flipping burgers leads to broken burgers.
Note- you can also cook these in a pan with veggie oil.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE SRIRACHA MAYO:
Mix the mayo and sriracha together until well blended. You can add more or less depending how spicy you like it. Spoon over your Ima Burgers.
NOTES ABOUT THE RECIPE:
I needed more meat as I have a 22 year old son who can consume copious amounts of food, so this is an almost double version of The Shiksa’s.
I didn’t have fresh parsley so I used dried. I’m an odd duck and tend to prefer dried herbs anyway.
I did not add cumin as The Shiksa does. We’re not huge fans, except in chili.
I for some unknown reason had no cayenne (ghosts….thieves…conspiracy theories) so I used red pepper flakes.
I used whole wheat bread as the family eats it, and even though I am not allowed to have it, I used it anyway.
I used more onion than the original cuz we are onion folk.
I am allergic to mayo so I just put straight sriracha sauce on my burger.
I would love to invite you all to visit THE SHIKSA IN THE KITCHEN’S IMA BURGER. Please go say hi to Tori and tell her how much you love this recipe. Try it out for yourself. It’s a winner big time. I will be using this recipe again and again.
So thanks to The Shiksa, she inspires me to do better, be better and think outside my usual comfort zone. So thanks to Tori for this awesome recipe. I am so glad I tried it. Next one of Tori’s I want to try is the butter pie crust. It looks all kinds of good. Please hop over to The Shiksa’s blog and say hi. If you don’t already follow her then do it now. She’s on FB too. And stumble upon. Lol, don’t you just love me!!! I’m a linking machine tonight.
Alrighty-roo my lovely readers, I am off to try to gather enough energy to post those fries quickly. Hope you all have a great day and keep cooking folks.
Toodles and smoochies! xx