Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers with all the trimmings!

We are kicking of this new season with one of our favorite dishes of the summer – and what better day to celebrate our return but with Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers with all the trimmings this Labor Day!

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the end of the summer with the last BBQ before the Fall weather begins…..but here in California we will probably be grilling for a few more months this year and today the weather is just shy of 100°F!

This year we are praying in some rain and Fall-like weather – I long for some cozy Fall afternoons snuggled on a couch drinking a pumpkin spice latte while the rain pours outside! Please God let this be the year!

In the meantime I wanted to share this recipe for Mozzarella Stuffed Burgers with all the trimmings – this has been a regular visitor in our house this summer! We always like to find new uses for freezer staples such as ground beef and ground turkey and this was one of those perfect solutions.

Ingredients:

Makes 2 extra-large (or 4 regular) burger patties

1lb ground beef

2 tbsp garlic salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 1/2 tbsp basil

1/2 tsp ground mustard

2 thick slices mozzarella cheese

Trimmings:

Bread rolls or Iceberg lettuce leaves

2 oz sliced mushrooms

1/2 red onion, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

mustard/mayo/ketchup – optional

Directions:

In a bowl add the ground beef and seasonings and mix well.

Divide the ground beef into 2 or 4 balls and form burger patties using your hands.

Make a small indent in the center of the burger making sure not to go all the way through the patty.

Insert the mozzarella slice into the indent (you may need to cut the cheese into smaller pieces)

Cover over the indent with the ground beef making sure the cheese is completely covered in a think layer of meat.

Place in a hot pan and cook for a few minutes and then turn over, repeat this step until cooked thoroughly.

In a separate pan, cook the onions and mushrooms until soft and set aside.

To assemble the burgers:

For a burger in a bun:

Place the cooked patty on the bread, add the onions, mushrooms, lettuce, avocado and any additional garnishes.

For a protein style burger (no bread):

Place 3 iceberg lettuce leaves on a plate so that they are overlapping, place the patty on top of the center leaf and then add the onions, mushrooms and avocado, and any additional garnishes. Wrap the patty in the lettuce and secure (if necessary) with a toothpick.

 

BBQ Teriyaki Chicken

We have a special recipe for you this week for 4th July, BBQ Teriyaki Chicken

This is a delicious recipe created by Captain America and we cannot get enough of it! I am delighted that we have another great opportunity to grill coming this week as we celebrate one of my favorite holidays.

This is an incredibly simple recipe and takes not time to make – it just needs to sit overnight so the chicken can absorb all the wonderful flavors!

This recipe is also great cold, so if you are having a picnic or you need to have pre-prepared food for the holiday then this will work really well

 

We hope you have a fabulous 4th July weekend celebrating with family and friends!

For more 4th July ideas check out these posts:

Decor & Crafts

Food & Recipes

Ingredients:

6.5 lbs chicken pieces (we used legs)

1tsp ginger

4 tbsp soy sauce

1tsp liquid smoke (hickory flavor)

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp yellow mustard

3 tbsp Korean BBQ sauce

2 C Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce

 

Directions:

Mix the marinade ingredients together.

Wash and pat dry the chicken pieces and place them in an airtight container.

Pour the marinade over the chicken and marinade overnight (or for a minimum of 5 hours)

Cook on the grill until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

 

Celebrate 4th July Round-Up: Food

4th July is fast approaching and I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite holidays in style with a Celebrate 4th July Round-Up!

Yesterday I did a decor and crafts round up which you can find HERE

Today it is all about FOOD! You all know how much Captain America & I LOVE food, cooking and recipes so I am really excited by the ones featured here.

I also included a few of our personal favorites and for some more 4th July recipe inspiration check my Celebrate 4th July post from last year!

I am delighted to share these exceptional creations with you! They caught my eye from The Pretty Pintastic Party a link party I co-host every Friday 

Now onto the Round-Up:

Breakfast

 

Spirited Star Waffles by Kenarry

 

Burgers & Hot Dogs

 

1) Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs by Foody Schmoody

2) Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers by My Family Mealtime

3) Turkey Burgers by Captain America & His English Rose

4) Chipotle Burger by A Mother’s Shadow

 

Meat & Grilling

 

1) Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers by The Housewife In Training Files

2) 3 Ingredient Pulled Pork by Mommy On Demand

3) Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs by Recipes For Your Daily Bread

4) Deviled Chicken Drumsticks by Living The Gourmet

 

Salads & Sides

 

1) Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

2) Italian Pasta Salad by Memories By The Mile

3) Tri-Color Pasta Salad by My Life Abundant

4) Best Ever Potato Salad by Delightful E Made

5) Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw by Captain America & His English Rose

6) Foil Roasted Potatoes by Captain America & His English Rose

7) Roasted Corn Salad by The Housewife In Training Files

 

Sweet Treats

 

1) Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration

2) Banana Cream Pie by Yesterfood

3) Red, White & Blue Cookie Stacks by Coffee With Us 3

4) Banana Nut Butter Soft Serve by Raia’s Recipes

5) Apple & Ginger Pie by Living The Gourmet

6) Malted Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

7) Red, White & Blueberry Bowl by Meatloaf & Melodrama

8) Marshmallow Treat Fruit Skewers by Melissa’s Cuisine

9) Star Chocolate Cupcakes by Sizzling Eats

 

Drinks

 

Captain America’s Iced Tea by Captain America & His English Rose

Salt & Pepper Beef Skewers

Captain America made us a delicious dinner-Salt & Pepper Beef Skewers.

We had some stewing beef cubes – but with the weather warming up we wanted something other than stew! Captain America came up with this delicious, simple recipe which makes a great alternative for stewing beef.

We added garlic, red bell peppers, purple onions and mushrooms for added flavor and color but you could play around with it and add whatever vegetables your family like the most. Be creative – that’s the fun part of cooking!

I hope you like our Salt & Pepper Beef Skewers as much as we did! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 1/4 lbs cubed beef

For the seasoning:

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp lemon juice

To assemble the skewers:

wooden skewers

purple onion, in cubes

mushrooms, whole

garlic cloves, whole

red bell pepper, cubed

Directions:

Mix the seasoning in a small bowl.

Wash the beef and pat dry with paper towels.

Put the pieces of beef in the seasoning and make sure all the meat is well seasoned.

To assemble the skewers:

Place all the ingredients alternately on the skewers.

Cook on a medium-high grill for about 20 minutes, rotating regularly.

Cook until the beef is fully cooked but still tender.

Leftover Lamb Burgers with Fresh Raita

Leftover Lamb Burgers with Fresh Raita

Easter Sunday has been and gone – and if like us you have leftover lamb you NEED to make our Leftover Lamb Burgers with Fresh Raita!

This is the best solution for leftover lamb – it’s delicious, quick, easy, fresh and a total alternative to anything you ate at Easter (or any other time of the year that you ate lamb!)

Leftover Lamb Burgers with Fresh Cucumber Raita

Captain America and I LOVE lamb – it is our favorite meat so we are always looking for ways of being creative with it.  We don’t eat it very often as it’s so expensive, but after Passover and Easter we often have lots of leftovers – because we are so good at over catering!

This Leftover Lamb Burger with Fresh Raita recipe is a personal favorite – we were very proud of our creations and can’t with until next year so we can eat it again!

I love the addition of the fresh raita! Unfortunately Captain America couldn’t eat it as it contains dairy and he is allergic – so he had to take my word for it……it is the PERFECT addition to this dish, so unless you are allergic to dairy too don’t miss it out!

 

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Berry’s BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Berry's BBQ Beef Short Ribs

The Berry’s are some of the best cooks I know!

They are also really good friends of ours.  Matt and his wife Bethany have known Captain America for years.  Matt swears Captain America is the one who inspired him to start being creative.  Captain America swears Matt is a way better cook than him!

All I know is that every time they cook anything for us, I say “one day I will feature you on the blog….you can way out cook me!”

So here it is…..probably the first of many recipes from The Berry Family!

Matt is very creative with his cooking, he thinks about all of it, the taste, the look, the feel, the process.  I am way more haphazard, Captain America falls somewhere in the middle!

This recipe is not fast, or easy….but the results are well worth a little patience and love!

The Berry’s cooked this for our Married Couples Small Group at church….we don’t usually eat a meal together…this was a special occasion!  We really, really enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

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Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day…….a day off, a time for BBQ’s, making the most of the last of the summer weather, spending hours in freeway traffic with everyone else who is trying to ‘get away’ for the long weekend, a last chance to wear white pants…..or something more??

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day is defined as:

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. With the decline in union membership, the holiday is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations.

 

For those of you reading this who are not Americans, or at least living in America, Monday September 2nd will pass unnoticed….so while you go about your daily lives remember us here as we ‘party’ away the day!

 

With that in mind let’s all celebrate, by BBQ-ing, wearing white pants (including you men!) and making the most of the summer weather…….while remembering and celebrating “the economic and social contributions of workers”!

 

I gathered together a selection of the ‘Best Of The Best’ of summer BBQ-ing and party recipes to inspire your celebrations this Monday!

 

Whatever you do to celebrate, have fun and stay safe!

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30-Minute Recipes – Shrimp Kebabs

30-Minute Recipes: Shrimp Kebabs

This week’s 30-Minute Recipe is Shrimp Kebabs.  These make the perfect summer evening meal and are very quick and easy….so simple there is almost no need for a recipe at all!!

You can be really creative with these adding various vegetables or even trying them with chicken or steak instead of shrimp.  We used the vegetables we already had available-zucchini, mushrooms and red onion and it made for a delicious combination!

You could even use pre-cooked shrimp and they would need to cook for even less time 🙂

Enjoy!

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Celebrate 4th July

4th July Party

We have a few more days left to finalize you plans for Celebrating 4th July.  If you haven’t already made plans – don’t worry there is still time!  If you have plans, but are panicking about what to cook/take to a party DO NOT WORRY! I compiled a list of the favorite summer recipes from our blog – with something for everyone!

We are still finalizing our plans for 4th July but we are starting the day with a 4th July Parade in downtown Clayton with the family, followed by an afternoon of cooking and eating delicious food with some great friends.  I will be sporting some red, white and blue…..and I promise not to bring my British Flag!

Here is my guide to the best recipes to make this 4th July extra special.

Most of the recipes are very simple, so even if you are a beginner, there is something here that you will be able to pull together really easily.

The following list coincides with the pictures above (from top left to bottom right):

1. Banana Cupcake & Strawberry Frosting

2. Foil Roasted Potatoes

3. Strawberry Balsamic Salad Dressing

4. Turkey Burgers

5. Fruit Pie #2

6. Herb Lemon Marinade

7. Grilled Corn

8. Fruit Pie #1

9. Italian Balsamic Salad Dressing

10. 5-Minute Peach Sorbet

12. Flank Steak Marinade

13. Three Bean Salad

14. Captain America’s Iced Tea

15. Captain America’s BBQ Marinade

16. Ranch Dressing MIx

Enjoy!

Celebrate 4th July – Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Okay, Okay! I know there is a HUGE irony with the British lady doing a series of recipes about Celebrating 4th July.  However, in my defense, I am married to an American, I do live in America and the 4th July is a great holiday which I am willing to embrace in (nearly!) all it’s glory!

I have done all sorts of things to celebrate over the past 6 years, including volunteering at our church fireworks booth (where the tagline “Let’s face it, you wouldn’t even have this holiday if it wasn’t for us Brits!” usually went down like a storm and raised us quite a chunk of money…..luckily all our customers had a sense of humor!)

One of my favorite things to do to celebrate is watch a small town parade in all it’s red, white and blue glory, and then go somewhere with lots of friends, soak up the wonderful California summer sunshine and grill some meat! If that doesn’t sound American I don’t know what does!

On Monday we featured Grilled Corn,

Tuesday was Foil Roasted Potatoes,

Wednesday was Flank Steak Marinade

and today is Turkey Burgers – made from scratch!

Turkey Burgers

We love a good burger especially ones you can make yourself with all the trimmings!  They are easy, suit everyone’s taste and delicious! We made these ones using turkey meat as it is much lower in fat, and is a little alternative to the regular burger. If you want a family favorite recipe for all ages this 4th July then try this recipe with a selection of toppings!

Enjoy!

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