My Festival Burger Part 2 (Cheeseburger with Sundried Tomato Pesto and Caramelized Onions on a Potato Hamburger Bun)

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A few weeks ago, Hellmann’s asked me to create my own festival burger and I hosted a giveaway. I asked you guys to pitch your favorite festival burger on Instagram and I would make the winner’s idea into a recipe. The idea which won was a beef burger served on a potato bun with caramelized onions, lettuce, sundried tomatoes, cheddar and Hellmann’s.

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I’m all for any kind of burger (veggie, fish, chicken) but sometimes I just crave a good old fashion beef burger, preferably with cheese. It’s been a long time since I had a potato bun and since I love making bread, I created this potato hamburger bun recipe. Instead of adding just sundried tomatoes, I made a pesto with them. The result is a finger lickin’ good burger. If you are curious about my first festival burger, you can check it out by clicking here.

This recipe makes 4 hamburgers.

Ingredients:

For the potato hamburger buns (makes 8 buns):

3.5grs of dry yeast

½ cup of lukewarm milk

1 egg

1/3 cup of mashed potatoes

2 ½ cups of self-rising flower

¼ cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of melted butter

Pinch of salt

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

1 ½ tablespoons of black sesame seeds

For the sundried tomato pesto (enough for 4 burgers):

130grs of sundried tomatoes

A handful of fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup of cashews nuts

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt

For the caramelized onions:

3 medium onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of port

For the burger patties (makes 4 burgers):

700grs of minced beef

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of celery salt

Pinch of black pepper

2 tablespoons of smoked BBQ sauce

Extras:

Hellmann’s to spread on the bread

4 tablespoons of butter to cook the burgers

4 cheese slices of your choice, I used a Gouda with chili

Lettuce of your choice, I used for lamb’s lettuce

 

To make the potato hamburger buns:

Boil 3 medium potatoes until they are completely cooked. Then peel them and mash them. Make sure there are no lumps. Measure 1/3 of a cup of mash potato and set it aside to cool.

Place the lukewarm milk and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Then add the flour, mashed potato, sugar, salt, egg and melted butter. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  If you knead it by hand, it will take about 10 minutes.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Since I have a small oven, I used two small sheets. Place the dough in your floured working area. Punch it to get rid of some air. Slice it into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball, pinching the ends together at the bottom. Place the balls in the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space in between each ball. Remember that they will rise for another hour and then rise again while baking.

Cut out a large piece of plastic wrap (large enough to cover the baking sheet) and brush it with some vegetable oil. Cover the buns with it, greased side touching the buns. This will prevent it from sticking to them once they rise.

Let the buns rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 10 minutes before your timer goes, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Brush each bun with the egg wash and sprinkle with some black sesame seeds.

Bake the buns for about 12 minutes or till golden. Set them aside.

To make the caramelized onions:

Place the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, lower the heat to med-low and add the red onions, balsamic vinegar, port and salt. Let it cook for about 10 minutes until they caramelized. Stir every few minutes to avoid them from burning. Set it aside.

To make the sundried tomato pesto:

Just place the sundried tomatoes, basil, cashews, olive oil and salt in the food processor or blender. Blend or pulse until it becomes a paste. Taste for salt and set it aside.

To make the burger patties:

Mix the minced beef with the spices and BBQ sauce. Then form 4 equal patties.

Once the bread and toppings are ready, start to cook the burgers.

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Then add the burger patties and cook them for about 4 minutes on each size. On the last minute, add the slices of cheese and cover the pan with a lid so that the cheese can melt.

Spread the bottom of the bun with the sundried tomato pesto, and then add some lettuce. Place the beef patty over the lettuce and top with some caramelized onions. Spread some Hellmann’s on the top part of the bun and enjoy!

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Beet & Potato “Tacos”

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Not too long ago I watched a video on The Feed Feed’s Snapchat where Kendra from Paleo Paparazzi used thinly sliced Jicama instead of tortillas to make healthier tacos. That inspired me to make these. My mom is a big potato salad fan and so am I. A potato salad at the Christmas table was always a must. She would make it with cooked beets, eggs and cornichons. When I was little I didn’t like beets that much but now I love them, raw or cooked. So this is my version of my mom’s salad in taco form. It makes a great appetizer for a party too. It doesn’t require a lot of time to make and it is budget friendly.

Ingredients:

700grs of potatoes (I used 4 large ones)

2 large beets, I used 1 candy cane and one golden beet

1/3 cup of finely chopped cornichons

1 cup of blanched peas

1 ½ tablespoons of finely chopped dill

For the dressing:

1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

½ teaspoon of celery salt

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of mustard

1 ½ teaspoons of honey

Salt to taste

 

Cook the potatoes in a pot with boiling salted water until tender.

Then drain them and allow them to cool down enough to handle. Peel them and chop them into small cubes. Remember the size of your beets; you don’t want huge cubes of potato as a filling to the tacos.

Peel the beets using a potato peeler and then with the help of a mandoline, thinly slice the beets so you get your raw “tortillas”.

To make the dressing, just add all of the ingredients in a jar with a lid, cover it and shake it until it emulsifies.

In a large bowl, add the potatoes, cornichon, peas and dill. Add the dressing and mix well.

To assemble each taco, just grab about 2 tablespoons of the potato salad and use the raw beets as if you were using tortillas.

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Clam Chowder

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I love how filling and flavorful chowders can be. They also bring back good memories for me since they remind of the times when I lived in the States. I love the mix of flavors of the clams, smoked bacon, corn and potatoes. Some of my favorite things together in one bowl.

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

600grs of clams, scrubbed

7 slices of smoked bacon

Kernels of 2 corns on the cob or about 1 cup of frozen corn

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ cup of white wine

1 leek, finely sliced (white part and light green part only)

1 medium shallot, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

500gr of potatoes (not the kind for mashing), peeled and chopped into small cubes

1 ½ litter of vegetable stock

250ml of heavy cream

Celery salt

Pinch of onion powder

Extras:

Fresh thyme leaves

Chopped chives

Crusty bread

 

Rinse the clams under cold water for a couple of minutes. Discard of any that are open and don’t close when you tap them.

Bring the stock to a simmer. Once it is simmering, add the clams and cook them until they open. This will only take a few minutes.  Then remove the clams with a slotted spoon, discard of any that haven’t open and set them aside to cool down a bit.

In the meanwhile, transfer the stock to a large bowl. Be careful if there is a bit of sand left from the clams at the bottom, make sure if there is not to transfer it to the bowl.

Remove the clams from the shell and chop them. Keep them in the fridge until ready to use.

Cook the bacon slices in a large pan with no oil over medium heat. Cook until crispy and reserve the fat. Chop the bacon slices into small pieces and set it aside.

In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and bacon fat over medium heat. Add the leek and shallot. Cook for a few minutes while stirring until they become a bit transparent and soft. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the onion powder, celery salt and white wine. Stir until half of the wine has evaporated. Add the potatoes and the stock. Cook for about 25 minutes.

Add the cream and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.  Then add the corn kernels and cook for 2 minutes. Finally add the clams and let them warm up for an extra minute.

Adjust the salt to your liking.

Serve the chowder among 3 bowls. Sprinkle with the bacon pieces, chopped chives and a few fresh thyme leaves. Eat it with some crusty bread slices.

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Papa Rellena (Potato stuffed with Beef)

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This is a very popular Peruvian dish which can be easily made in any country. Traditionally it has a bit of Peruvian chili paste (Aji panca) but you can also use any hot sauce or skip it all together. I’m out of Peruvian chili paste at the moment so I just used Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce. I also coated them in panko, because I find that you don’t get a nice even color with just flour. Plus panko adds crunchiness, so I am all for it. This is one of my childhood favorites and my mom still makes it when I visit her.

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This recipe makes about 7 stuffed potatoes.

Ingredients:

For the potato mash:

1 ½ kilos of potatoes, use starchy potatoes like Russet (or how it is called here: kruimige)

Salt

1 egg white

¼ cup of all-purpose flour

For the beef filling:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

300grs of minced beef

1 tablespoon of Aji panca, or any hot sauce

¼ cup of tomato puree

50gr of pitted Kalamata olives, chopped

¼ cup of raisins, chopped

2 boiled eggs

2 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Pinch of sugar

Salt

Pepper

For the salsa criolla:

2 red onions, chopped

2 bird’s eye chili, chopped

4 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Juice of ½ lime

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Extras:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 ½ cups of panko

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups of vegetable oil for pan-frying

 

Boil the potatoes until tender. Then carefully peel them while they are still hot and mash them. Add salt to taste. Let it cool down a bit until you can handle touching the mash. Add the egg white and flour. Knead the dough with your hands making sure there are no lumps. Then cover it and start making the filling.

Place the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and minced beef. Cook until the beef starts to get brown. Then add the garlic and hot sauce, cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, olives, raisins, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes while stirring, or until the beef is cooked through. Then turn off the heat and add the coriander.

Place the eggs in a saucepan, add boiling water and let them cook for 8 minutes. Peel off the shells and chop them. Add them to the meat mixture and mix well.

Take about 1 cup of the potato dough and flatten it with your hands, add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the beef filling in the middle and them shape it into a sort of football. Make sure the filling is not sticking out. Repeat for all.

Once all the stuffed potatoes are done, have the coating ready. Coat each potato in the egg, then flour, then egg again and finally in the panko. Set it aside and repeat for the rest.

To make the salsa criolla, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the potatoes in batches. I like to do only 2 at a time because they get golden quite fast. And you need to be careful when flipping them so they don’t break. Since the are already cooked, you just have to pan-fry them till they are evenly golden. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve them right away with the salsa criolla.

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Falafel with Beet & Potato Mash

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A couple of weeks ago we were doing errands around the city center and we got very hungry. A falafel place which we both like was not very far, so we decided to stop there for lunch. It has been ages since we had falafels and it reminded me of how much I like them. Since the holidays are approaching, I thought they would make a good vegetarian dish to serve. To make them a bit more festive, I served them with a beet and potato mash.

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This recipe makes 25 falafels.

Ingredients:

For the mash:

800gr of potatoes for mash like Russets

3 roasted beets, peeled and chopped

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Salt

For the falafel:

1 ½ cups of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

1 bunch of parsley

1 bunch of coriander

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of lemon pepper

1 tablespoon of harissa or more to taste

1 ½ teaspoon of salt

Pinch of cumin or more to taste

7 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Extras:

1 ½ cups of vegetable oil

2 cups of panko

 

The night before, place the chickpeas in a large bowl with plenty of cold water and let them soak overnight.

To make the mash, first roast the beets until tender. I just wrapped each one in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and roasted them for 1.5 hours at 180C/350F. Then peel them and chop them.

Boil the potatoes until tender. Then peel them.

Place the cooked potatoes and beets in the food processor. Add salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Pulse until it is very smooth. You can leave it like this or if you want it extra smooth you can pass it through a sieve.

Drain the soaked chickpeas and place them in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients for the falafels. Pulse until everything is well combined; just make sure not to puree it. You still want to keep some texture. Transfer the mixture into a bowl.

Place the panko on a separate plate.

Start making balls with the falafel mixture, about the size of 1 tablespoon. Coat each ball in the panko and then flatten it. Repeat for the remaining mixture.

Pour the oil into a large pan over medium heat. Have a large plate lined with paper towels ready.

Pan-fry the falafels until golden on both sides. Place them on the prepared plate to soak up some of the oil.

Serve the falafels with the potato and beet mash, and the sauce of your choice.

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Spanish Tortilla

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This is a great recipe to make when you have friends over, since you can make it in advance and just have it ready to go. It also works well to take to a picnic.  To add some color to it, I added some purple potatoes to the mix. You can make this tortilla two ways. You can boil the potatoes and then place them in the skillet with the eggs, or you can fry the potatoes first and then mix them with the eggs. I prefer to do it the traditional way by frying them first. It has more flavor and it is worth it. Usually served as an appetizer, I normally have it for dinner with some salad.

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Ingredients:

1 kilo of potatoes for frying (I included some purple potatoes for contrast), thinly sliced

1 big white onion, thinly sliced

6 eggs

Salt

Pepper

Vegetable oil for frying

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Add about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook them for about 4 minutes. Stir from time to time. Then remove them from the pan, place on a bowl and set aside.

Add more vegetable oil to the pan and fry the sliced potatoes in batches. They just need to be pan-fried for about 5 minutes per batch. Remove the potatoes from the pan, trying to get rid of most of the oil. Place the fried potatoes in the bowl with the onions and season with salt and pepper.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs with some salt and pepper.

Get rid of most of the oil from the skillet, it just needs to be lightly coated. Place the potatoes and onions in the pan. Pour the whisked eggs and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes are up, place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

You can allow the tortilla to cool down before slicing it, or just eat it warm. I prefer the latter one.

 

Causa with Spicy tuna

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This is a very popular Peruvian dish. My mom taught me how to make it as a little kid. I would make it so often, even when no one else felt like it in the house. I would just make a small portion for myself whenever I craved it.

It is usually served with 2 layers of potato dough with filling in the middle.  You can make the filling with many different ingredients.  At home it is usually served filled with chicken or tuna salad. In restaurants, you usually find options with tuna, shrimp, crab or octopus.

In Peru, there are a lot Japanese immigrants which led to Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese fusion). This dish is an example of that.

For this recipe you need Aji Amarillo paste, which is a Peruvian chili paste, and you can find it at most Latin American stores or online. In Amsterdam, they sometimes have it at Tijns’s Toko. There is also a Peruvian store in Paris called EL INTI – La Boutique péruvienne which always has it and they deliver within the European Union.

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Ingredients:

For the causa:

1 kilo of russet potatoes

5 tablespoons of Aji Amarillo paste

Juice of 2 limes

½ teaspoon of salt

2 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the spicy tuna:

300gr of raw tuna

3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

½ teaspoon of wasabi paste, or more to taste

1 teaspoon of togarashi, or more to taste

Salt

Pepper

For the toppings:

1 avocado, diced

1 spring onion, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

 

First, boil the potatoes until they are very tender. Then peel and mash them while they are still hot. Make sure there aren’t any lumps.  You want it as smooth as possible.

Add the aji amarillo paste, lime juice, salt and vegetable oil.  Mix it with your hands. Because of the chili paste, I wear gloves.  Mix well until you have an even dough. It won’t be sticky any more. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cut the tuna into small cubes.

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In a small bowl, mix the mayo with the wasabi and togarashi. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add the tuna and mix.

To plate up, take about 1 ½ tablespoons of the potato dough and form it into a small ball with your hands.  Repeat for all of the dough. Plate them and lightly press with your thumb on the middle of each ball to create a base for the tuna.  Place a few pieces of avocado and then add a bit of the spicy tuna.  Finally top with some black sesame seeds and sliced spring onion.

If you want to save time, you can also plate it the more homey way.  Just place a layer of the dough on a baking dish, then add one layer of the filling and then cover with a layer of the potato dough.  Keep it in the fridge covered with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

 

 

Celery Root and Potato Gratin with a Pecan Thyme Crust

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I saw celery root at the market the other day and my hubby told me he had never eaten it before so we got it. It has been ages since I ate or cooked with it and a creamy and crunchy gratin was the perfect way to use it. We ate it as a main course with a simple salad, but it’s also nice to accompany it with some meat.  It makes a great side dish for the holidays.

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Ingredients:

1 celery root, peeled and thinly sliced

600gr of potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon of butter

2 shallots, minced

Sprinkle of garlic powder

5 sprigs of thyme

200gr crème fraiche

250gr cream

½ teaspoon of salt or more to taste

Pepper

For the crust:

70gr of pecans, chopped

½ cup Panko

40gr grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup breadcrumbs

10 sprigs of thyme

½ teaspoon of salt

Pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F

Peel and thinly slice the celery root and potatoes. You can use a mandolin or a knife.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the shallots, thyme and garlic powder. Cook until the shallots are translucent.  Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, mix the crème fraiche, the cream and the melted butter mixture. Add salt and pepper and the sliced celery root and potatoes. Mix with your hands until all the slices are coated.

Coat an oven dish with butter. Then arrange the slices of celery root and potato. With the help of a spatula, scrape all off the cream from the bowl and pour into the oven dish. Shake the dish a bit to let the slices settle.  Bake until the potatoes are tender, you can pierce them with a knife. It will take about 1 hour

To make the crust, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle the crust over the gratin and then broil until golden. Be careful not to burn it.

Serve warm.