Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fresh Flavors for the Grill By Cat Cora

Excerpt from the May 18, 2008 article in PARADE magazine.

Nothing says fun in the summertime quite so well as the smell and sound of sizzling burgers on an outdoor grill. My favorite way to eat burgers is with unexpected seasonings and sauces.

Try the Papaya-Pineapple sauce it will transport your taste buds to exotic destinations. The sauce is great for a new spin on classic American patties such as the Hawaiian Ground Pork Patties recipe below. Really go for it and add some of the Papaya-Pineapple sauce into the pork patty itself.

Enjoy the tropics from the comfort of your own backyard.

Papaya-Pineapple Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp papaya, finely diced
  • 4 Tbsp crushed pineapple, thoroughly drained
  • 2/3 cup basic BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over moderate heat until sauce boils; reduce heat and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Hawaiian Ground Pork Patties With Pineapple-Papaya Sauce

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix the pork, breadcrumbs, onion, cayenne, sugar and 1/3 cup Pineapple-Papaya Sauce until ingredients are evenly combined. Shape into four 1-inch-thick patties. Brush the burgers with oil, then season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, turning once, about 6 minutes a side.

Baste with some of the Pineapple-Papaya Sauce and grill for 2 minutes more. To serve, place burgers on rolls and spoon on Pineapple-Papaya Sauce. Top with lettuce, tomato, thinly sliced pineapple and onion slices to your taste.

For the entire article and more recipes, click here.