Sunday, July 03, 2011

Burger Toppers

You getting the grill out tomorrow? Well...I know it's the ultimate patriotic holiday, so there's nothing wrong with an All-American version is lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese (duh) and the bottled condiments of your choice.

But who says we can't go exotic/international? (And if it's too much for you to try on July Fourth, pocket these ideas for later in your grilling season.)
  • Kick it up sun-dried style with a couple of tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, a handful of fresh spinach and an ounce of goat cheese.
  • Feeling Santa Fe? How about a bit of fresh salsa (green chile if you're going authentico), some shredded lettuce, a tablespoon of queso fresco and...wait for it...a poached (or fried if you're squeamish) egg?
  • Go Greek! With a tablespoon of chopped red onion, 2 tablespoons crumbled feta, some fresh spinach and a drizzle of olive oil. Gild the lily if you'd like with a dollop of tzatziki sauce.
  • And this one might be my summer fave. A couple of slices of heirloom tomato, a thick slice of mozzarella, a couple of bail leaves, and a spoonful of pesto. Drizzle a bit of high-quality olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. (P.S. Must be served on a well-toasted ciabatta bun.)

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