So Joelle and I have recently fallen in love with a new set of burger toppings. I would have to say if there is one thing that Joelle and I really appreciate during grilling season it is definitely a good burger. We recently made a new style burger and we loved it. We grilled up some lean beef patties. I like to keep the seasonings simple (salt and pepper) on a burger. I think it allows the meat to speak for itself as far as flavor. Before grilling Joelle whipped up our toppings. We would be putting homemade sun flower seed butter along with homemade strawberry Jelly on our burgers. Now I know what you are thinking, “on a burger?!” Yes! The flavors work so well together. You have the bold taste of the beef combined with the salty creamy taste of the sun flower butter and the sweetness of strawberry jelly. For the sunflower butter we bought roasted unsalted sun flower seeds. Dumped them in the food processor along with some oil and puréed it until it was smooth and creamy just like peanut butter. For the strawberry jelly all you need to do is get a sauce pan cut up your strawberries, add juice of 1/2 a lemon and some powdered ginger. You let the jelly cook down at medium/low heat for 20-25 minutes. The more you cook it the more it will thicken up. They all come together to make a memorable burger. We had them this past Sunday and we had leftovers on Monday as well. During the week I couldn’t stop thinking about this burger and neither could Joelle. So we decided to make them again on Thursday night. We did make grape jelly this time. I think it was a tie between the jellies. They were everything we remembered from Monday and Sunday.
Currently Joelle and I are on our flight to Phoenix Arizona for the weekend. Oh yea and before we left for the airport Joelle and I tagged team on a left over “SB&J” burger. It was even better the day after. We are staying in a vacation rental so we can have the use of a kitchen. For this trip we will be doing breakfast, snacks and lunches at the vacation rental. Each night we will go out for dinner. We have already done our research on some really great places to eat while in Phoenix that will take care of our paleo needs. We will be sure to keep you up to date on our food adventures in Arizona. I think it will be a much easier place to eat paleo than in the suburbs of Chicago. I feel like the west coast and the surrounding area are much more up to speed when it comes to paleo.
Oh yea and here is my afternoon snack that I packed for the plane ride. Cut up Chicken breast and a bag of banana, pineapple and walnuts. You gotta do what you gotta do.