Friday, May 30, 2014

Trending: They've come to snuff the Rooster

Rooster Sauce, that is. The fight has been brewing in California for well over a year about whether or not the fragrance of Sriracha is a public nuisance or not. Of course, to the foodie world, we are shocked at the mere thought! Why would anyone go to war against Sriracha? Unthinkable! Eaten on everything from egg rolls to scrambled eggs, Sriracha is one of the most widely-recognized condiments, probably as popular as ketchup. In a way, you could say it's ketchup for grownups. Fortunately, I heard on the news the fight is over!! Yay!! Sriracha is saved!!

Another popular trend right now is the burger. Once the lowly drive in sandwich, the humble burger is making a major place in the culinary scene, from unusual meats to crazy marketing schemes and theme restaurants. Seems like the more outlandish the idea, the more popular the burger. Here at the Little Lake House we love burgers as well, and you already know that we play with our food. That's what happens when a professional chef and an amateur chef take up residence! We love our Sriracha around here, and we love Asian flavors too so it just seemed natural so want to combine them into something really delicious- and along came the Asian Burger with Spicy Mayo and Rooster Slaw. You can prepare the meat indoors or on a grill outdoors. Topped with a crunchy "slaw" it's a delightful burger we hope you will love too.

To make the burger you will need:

1 pound ground beef
2 TB Sriracha sauce
2 TB Hoisin sauce
1 TB sesame seeds, lightly toasted
small bunch green onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 TSP red pepper flakes (optional)
1 TSP finely grated fresh ginger or a few dashes dried ginger
salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly combined. 

Divide into 4 portions and form into patties. Preheat your outdoor grill, grill pan on the stovetop or skillet. Cook the burgers to desired doneness.

Meanwhile, for spicy mayo mix together 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 2 TB Sriracha.

For slaw toss together:

1 cup sliced Romaine lettuce
1 or 2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup shredded carrot
enough of spicy mayo to moisten
some chopped water chestnuts, if you have it, add another crunchy element

To assemble burgers, toast sesame seed buns. Place burger on bottoms, top with slaw and bun top that has been spread with additional spicy mayo. Top with additional Sriracha if you like it super spicy.

That was easy and a fun twist on a burger. A little like Mongolian beef, a little spicy, this would be great with any kind of ground meat. Serve with some grilled asparagus or stir fried vegetables and you have a pretty fantastic meal! 

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