Tastē Tuesday~ It has not been a very savory summer. With the moving truck arriving in less than three days, our lunches and dinners for the better part of the last two months have been defrosted leftovers. Two truths: 1) with a newborn and a move, no one is complaining about all of the easy, and for the most part tasty, meals 2) I never realized how full my freezer was...my Tupperware drawer now runneth over and will be an organizing project upon arrival in our new house (kind of a bummer because I was pretty happy with how organized it was a mere two months ago!).
Our typical summer fare has been replaced by more wintry dishes like chilies and soups which has seemed odd on more than one 90 degree day. However, we have squeezed some tasty morsels into our diet here and there, and the Chipotle Cheeseburger is one of them. Changing the traditional burger up a bit, this moist pork patty is complemented by a crunchy slice of tomatillo, a splash of spice from adobo sauce and chipotle pepper, and a creamy slice of avocado. Doesn't get much better on a beautiful summer evening.
Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers
Adapted from Gourmet, June 2009
1 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons minced chipotle in adobo sauce plus 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, separated
2 garlic cloves
4 slices Muenster cheese
4 hamburger buns, toasted
1/4 cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1 large tomatillo (1/4 pound), husked, rinsed, and sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
Prepare a gas grill for direct-heat cooking over medium heat.
Gently mix pork, chipotle and 1 teaspoon sauce, garlic, and a scant teaspoon salt until just combined. Form in 4 (1/2" thick) patties.
Oil grill rack, then grill patties, covered 4 minutes. Flip patties and top with a slice of cheese. Grill, covered, until just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more.
Make aoli, mixing mayo with 1 teaspoon adobo sauce.
Spread buns with aoli and assemble burgers with cilantro, tomatillo, burger, and avocado.
Open mouth wide and enjoy! I am posting from my phone these next couple of weeks as our modem is turned in and computer is unplugged so formatting might be different. Nonetheless, I hope to be in touch. I am sure the next few weeks and the adventure of a cross-country move with three little ones will present some informative lessons on living intentionally and keeping perspective.