Saturday, March 31, 2012
With multiple food allergies, many have lost significant flavors from their lives. A member of my family is allergic to garlic, chili's, and all pepper. This poses great difficulties when your trying to flavor things. Something I have found useful are fruits. Many times fruit purees or juices can lend a sweetness or a tang to things.
Recently I found a bottle of pomegranate molasses. It's sweet, slightly tangy, and has a robust back flavor. I thought it would be great paired with a robust meat like beef. Then . . . light bulb! A burger.
I mixed ground beef, diced red onion, salt and pomegranate molasses to create a sweet, caramelized goodness. Top with a slice of Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a schmear of homemade mayo.
Pomegranate Red Onion Cheeseburger
Makes 2 burgers
8 oz Ground Beef, preferably free range and organic
2 Tbs Red Onion, diced
3 Tbs Pomegranate Molasses
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1. Combine the beef, onion, molasses, and salt. Separate into 2 and press into 1 inch thick patties.
2. Heat a non-stick pan with a small amount of oil. Add patties and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. The top and bottom will have a caramelized crust. When done, place directly on to bun or bread pre-smeared with mayo. If you sit this on a plate, as it cools it will stick badly.