Recipe: Garlic Mozzarella Burgers and 4th of July Fireworks
This year’s Fourth of July is actually pretty special to me. After all, last year I exercised a right as an American that many people around the world are denied. That right is a beautiful freedom what with the blatant disregard for democracy in other countries.
That foray into America has really made me look around at my community as well. So this year I got off my ass and took Faye to participate in another beautiful freedom. The Woodlands’ 4th of July Parade! We’ve lived here for almost 3 years, but this is the first time we’ve gone. We went with friends and met up with more friends at the parade!
Those parade participants knew what was up. Three gave out popsicles, two gave out water, and Faye got 3 sodas from someone in the parade because they overheard her say she was thirsty. (I was prepared, but in that heat 6 cups of water goes fast!)
Mmmmmm… a delicious dinner before the fireworks! It was incredibly simple and low maintenance. Exactly what I was looking for after a reviving shower. (recipe at the bottom)
These arches are featured a lot in my personal photos. This is the first time I’ve seen them pink, though! On our way to sit right across from the fireworks station.
After a few teaser shots to test the wind, the beauty began!
AAAAAAAnnnnnd!!! What everyone is waiting for but is sad when it’s over! THE FINALE!!!!
Garlic Mozzarella Burgers with Caramelized Vidalia Onions
1 lb ground sirloin
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup panko
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
8 oz fresh mozzarella, 1/2″ cubed – or – pre-shredded
2 Vidalia onions, quartered and cut in 1/2in slices
1. Add a little oil to a large frying pan, turn the heat to MEDIUM-LOW, and add the onions. These will need to sweat for a good long while, so get started on the burgers. Toss occasionally. They are ready once they are deep brown and soft. Add a bit more heat at the end to get the onions slightly toasted.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the sirloin, garlic, panko, salt, and pepper. Separate the mixture into 4 parts and form into thick patties. Using your thumb, create a good sized well on one side of the patties just large enough to hold the cheese. (Don’t add the cheese yet though!). Heat a dutch oven on MEDIUM. Once it’s hot, place in the patties well side down. Cook for 8-10 minutes, covered, and turn. Cook for another 5 minutes, covered. Add the cheese to the wells piling it as high as it will go. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted.
3. Remove the patties from the dutch oven and cover in caramelized onions. Serve and enjoy!