Thursday, August 21, 2014

Potsticker Burger and Asian Slaw


Being the huge fans of potstickers that my family is, I wanted to try to come up with a recipe so that we could enjoy all, well, at least most, of the flavors and textures of these Chinese delights, without the gluten...

After a little brainstorming and research, came up with all of the ingredients to put together a burger reminiscent of the delicious filling of a potsticker, which turned out to be a nice little Asian meal.


I'm thankful for the way that kitchen staples can be assembled with different combinations to come up with so many varieties of flavor profiles. 


The possibilities are endless!


The burger started with 1# of ground pork, added to it was 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 inch of fresh grated ginger, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 sliced green onion, which was about 3 tbsp, 1 egg, 1 cup of shredded cabbage and topped with salt, to taste. 


All those goodies were combined by hand and roughly quartered for the patty-making process. 


Four burgers of approximately the same size were placed in a pre-heated grill pan 
for cooking over medium heat. 

When grilling or cooking most meats, 
I always error on the side of turning less often rather than more often. 

That helps to get those nice, caramelized, grill marks which are great texture.
And, helps trap the juices inside!

These were grilled for at least 5 minutes on each side before flipping.
  
Flip as often as necessary to cook fully, just not too soon.  

While the burgers were cooking, a nice little Asian slaw was whipped up. 


This started with 3 cup of shredded cabbage, 2 tsp of minced garlic were added as well as another 1/2 in of freshly grated ginger, another green onion and seasoned with salt to taste.


The dressing consisted of 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp sesame oil finished with 1/4 cup sliced almonds for added texture.

**Just can't get enough texture!**

Top these potsticker burgers with some of this Asian slaw, serve with your favorite potsticker sauce
and you won't even miss the wontons!

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

Burger:
1# of ground pork
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 inch of fresh grated ginger
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 sliced green onion (which was about 3 tbsp)
1 egg
1 cup of shredded cabbage 
Salt, to taste

Asian Slaw:
3 cup of shredded cabbage
2 tsp of minced garlic
1/2 in of freshly grated ginger
Green Onion - sliced
Salt -  to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp on sesame oil
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:
Combine burger ingredients well and divide into 4 even patties. 
Grill over medium heat for at least 5 minutes/side before flipping. 

While burgers are cooking, combine the slaw ingredients. 

Serve burgers with slaw and your favorite potsticker sauce.