I got so excited when Spiceaholic posted Basil as the BSI! I have so many great recipes that I’ve made that I could’ve submitted… but, being the weirdo that I am, I had to come up with something totally new for my BSI submission!
I’m completely carnivorous this week for some reason, with steak last night and posole on Sunday, I decided to continue the trend with tonight’s meal. I’ve really been wanting a good burger lately, so I figured I’d just make my own rather than wasting the nutrition on something out. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how these came out!
Basil Chavrie-Stuffed Burgers
For the burgers
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 tsp. finely chopped basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. Panko bread crumbs
For the filling
4 oz. Chavrie (mild soft goat cheese)
2 tsp. finely chopped basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Mix the burger ingredients in a bowl. Form half the meat into 4 small patties, about 1/4″ thick. Mix the filling ingredients. Place 1/4 of the filling in the center of each small patty, then form the remaining meat into another 4 patties. Place 1 patty on top of the patty with the filling, and seal around the edge. Repeat for all 4 burgers. Cook on the stovetop, serve on buns.
The basil lent a fantastic flavor to the meat and filling, and there was an overall “pesto” type flavor. The only thing I’d do in the future, were I to make these again, is to have some sliced tomatoes to serve with the burgers.
I made some simple “creamed” spinach to go along with the burgers: one package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained, mixed with 1/4 c. lowfat sour cream. YUM!
When I got home today, I was greeted by a package sitting on the counter. Upon opening it, I found 2 amazing boxes of chocolates from the lovely VeggieGirl! We’d talked about doing a local food trade, and I got my gift from her before she got the one from me! Just LOOK at these chocolates:
Adam dug right in and tried one two of each and proclaimed them “too good to have out”, so they went straight into the freezer! I will have one of each tonight, and swear that they will go right back into the freezer so I do NOT go nuts on them! Adam wants me to take them to work so we don’t keep eating them… but I’m going to leave them RIGHT where they are! I will exercise my self control and limit myself to one a night. That way, they last for a looooooong time.
Blog news! If you didn’t see my post earlier, I decided to remove my blogroll from my sidebar (the area over there —-> that used to have all my links in it) and made a whole new page here. If you’d like to be added, just let me know!
As promised, some more words of wisdom and inspiration, and since I couldn’t choose just a few, I made you all a slideshow! It’s all the cool pictures from my dad with my absolute favorite “cruising” song… enjoy!
Have a wonderful night!