Actually veen, I fell off the vegetarian wagon after 5 weeks. No worries, it was a nice ride while it lasted, I will still cut-down very heavily on my meat consumption, but not this week!
I may prepare another dish for this challenge, but here is my first. It's dead simple, but it's perhaps the greatest use of beef. I can say that with some authority, because after 5 weeks without meat, the thing that I was most craving was a burger.
Did I grind my own beef? Hell no. I bought it. Organic, grass fed and free to roam beef. I had an option between 80/20 or 90/10. I like more fat, so I went with 80/20 -Fat is where the flavor lives.
I then took the patty and added some shredded cheese. Why? Because I have small kids and my daughter thought it was a good idea. -It was. you can see in the background the veggie patties
Then I made them in to patties and added a pinch of salt and some fresh cracked pepper. pictured behind it, the St. Angel cheese that will make this burger kick ass, as well as the dinner rolls that I'll use for buns
This next shot is of the asparagus that I marinate with white wine, lemon juice and salt and pepper. really it's to show off the flowers I bought my wife
Tomatos with some vinegar, salt and pepper. BOOM!
please forgive me for the BOOM.
This next component was key. My cousins are farmers and they grow their own zucchini and pickle it. Tonight I opened a can from their 2013 batch for the first time. HOLY SHIT they're good.
Here is a beef patty plated. If at this point you are saying to yourself, "wait a second, the new green just made a fucking cheeseburger, what's so special about that?" -Well, you're right, but I can promise you it tasted amazing.
Topped with cheddar, St. Andre cheeses, fresh heirloom tomato, homemade pickles and on a brioche dinner roll. Really tasty:
Here is the veggie burger version:
It was 75 degrees out, sunny and perfect grilling weather. It was fun!