Posts Tagged ‘Chef Toni Elkhouri’

Vegan Mushroom Burger

Feel free to change up the mushrooms to what you love the most, more is better in this case. You will not even taste them! Mushrooms add backbone to the patty itself & meatier.

To prepare the patty:

2-3 pounds’ Portabella mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
1-2 pounds’ shiitake mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
1-2 pounds Cremini mushrooms, cleaned & chopped
2 Cups Cooked Lentils & Rice (See Recipe on bottom) Or 2 cups cooked rice or lentils of choice
1 cup panko bread crumbs (you can use corn flour, almond flour, chickpea flour or finely chopped nuts instead to make it gluten free)
2 tablespoons granulated onion
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 table spoon salt
2-3 tablespoons oil
¼ cup red wine

Lentils and Rice

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, julienned
1 pound bag of lentils, rinsed and sorted
1 cup basmati rice
Sea salt or regular salt
5 – 6 cups of water

Directions

First in large pan oil & add all the mushroom a little at a time not crowding the pan, they will all are sautéed add in red wine to deglaze. Cook off till very little wine is left. Set aside to cool. Then using a food processor, puree into a paste, add lentils & rice and pulse till it comes together.

Place in larger bowl and mix in until they come together (do not over mix) add spices & panko. Then form into burgers and grill.

In a large pan, add olive oil and turn on medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of sea salt (regular salt is fine). Caramelize until onion is very dark brown and crispy. Pour 5 to 6 cups of water into your pan with the rest of the onion, the water should turn very brown in color.

Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are tender (about 40 minutes) and about 2 cups of water are remaining in the pan. Add uncooked basmati rice. Reduce heat and let simmer until water has almost completely absorbed. Turn off heat, cover pan, and let steep for about 10 minutes. Your lentils and rice are ready to serve.

Cedar’s Cafe Blended Burger

In coming up with this burger, we imagined a classic burger with our own Middle Eastern twist & had fun doing it! Taking classic ketchup, mustard & mayo, reducing the processed sugar & fat making it a healthier option with twice the flavor. Feel free to change up the mushrooms to what you love the most, more is better in this case. You will not even taste them! Mushrooms add backbone to the patty itself & meatier.

Yield: 4 (about 8 ounce) burgers

Ingredients

Tahini Remoulade:
1 bunch chopped dill
1 c tahini paste
1⁄2 c grated cucumber
1⁄2 c low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1⁄2 c minced pickles
1⁄4 c chopped capers
1⁄4 c diced pepperoncini
1⁄2 lemon, juiced
4 to 5 minced garlic cloves

Pomegranate Ketchup:
14 oz canned whole tomatoes in juice
1⁄4 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1⁄4 c tomato paste
1⁄2 tsp paprika
1⁄4 tsp allspice
1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄4 c vinegar
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp
pomegranate molasses

Banana Pepper Curried Mustard:
6 oz jarred yellow banana peppers, drained and chopped 1⁄4 yellow onion, chopped
1⁄4 bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 tsp agave nectar
1⁄2 c whole grain Dijon mustard 2 tbsp curry powder
Salt

Balsamic Onions:
1 medium yellow onion, very thinly sliced
1 c balsamic vinegar

Burger Patties:
2 to 3 tbsp butter
3 lb mixed portobella, shiitake, and crimini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
1⁄4 c red wine
1 lb ground beef chuck
1 lb ground beef short rib
1⁄4 lb ground lamb fat
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp granulated onion
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp salt
8 oz red wine

To serve:
8 oz spinach
8 slices pepper bacon 8 oz goat cheese
1 sliced avocado
4 ciabatta buns
2 tbsp fig jam

Directions

Tahini Remoulade:
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Let chill for 12 hours.

Pomegranate Ketchup:
In blender, purée whole tomatoes. In a medium pot, heat
oil over low heat, sauté onion and garlic until golden, about 25 minutes. Add puréed tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, allspice, cinnamon, and salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes, add vinegar and sugar. Cook uncovered on low heat until sauce thickens. Cool, season with salt and pepper, and add pomegranate molasses. Set aside.

Banana Pepper Curried Mustard:
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and purée until smooth. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if sauce is too thick. Adjust seasonings to taste. Set aside.

Balsamic Onions:
In a large sauté pan, cook sliced yellow onion and balsamic vinegar on low heat for 30-45 minutes until onions are caramelized and vinegar is syrupy.

Burger Patties:
In large pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add chopped mushrooms, a little bit at a time to avoid crowding the pan. Continue to sauté, about 15 minutes, add red wine and deglaze. Cook until wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Using a food processor, purée cooled mushrooms until smooth.

In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck, ground short rib, and lamb fat until they come together (do not over mix). Add spices and cooled mushroom paste. Form into four 8-ounce patties.

To cook burger patties, heat a lightly greased, large cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking point. Cook burgers on one side, about 4 minutes, or until well seared. Reduce heat to medium, flip and continue to cook for 4 minutes, or until thermometer registers 155°F. Add wine, and reduce until burgers have absorbed all of the liquid.

Toast the ciabatta buns and lightly glaze the bottom of each with 1⁄2 teaspoon of g jam. Top with pomegranate ketchup, banana pepper curried mustard, spinach, balsamic onions and bacon. Place cooked patty on top and add tahini rémoulade, goat cheese and avocado. Top with
bun serve.