Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pimento Burgers

I never liked pimento cheese until I started making it myself. For some reason, the consistency and flavor of the store-bought stuff just repulsed me and I began to take matters into my own hands. I have no idea why it took me so long to discover how good pimento burgers can be, but I saw on a website today that it was a fave among many so I tried it out for myself tonight. And let me just tell you, after 1 bite TJ asked me to make him his own serving so he didn't eat all of mine! Y'all, this is really, really good - even if you don't like pimento cheese.

To make a batch of pimento cheese, stir all the following ingredients together and refrigerate overnight:
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1 4 oz. jar chopped pimentos, drained (could use 2 if you want)
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
several good shakes of ground red pepper
1-2 T. lemon juice

Feel free to adjust seasonings to your taste, this is just what I use and what we like at our house.

Take 1 frozen hamburger patty and cook it on the George Foreman grill until it's not bloody anymore. Place cooked patty on a microwave-safe plate and top with a good dollop of pimento cheese. Microwave 20 seconds on high to melt the cheese a little, and serve on hamburger buns or just by itself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tortilla Pizza


We are having a hard time with vegetables at our house, mainly that the Bean won't eat them. In the absence of refrigerated pizza dough coupled with the lack of desire to make a whole pizza, we've started eating tortilla pizzas. They would probably be better if we had a pizza stone to crisp up the bottom, but are really tasty even without it.

1 10 in. flour tortilla
5 T. pizza sauce (We use Ragu cause that's what was in the pantry)
shredded cheese
toppings of choice (mini pepperoni, diced veggies, pineapple tidbits, whatever!)

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and lay out your tortilla. Thinly spread the pizza sauce around the tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 in. away from the edges. Add cheese, pepperoni, veggies, etc. Bake for 5-6 minutes until cheese is melted and "crust" is crispy. Cut into 8 pieces - the Bean usually eats 3 small slices with pineapple on her favorite Princess plate. (Can't you hear me say "This dinner is brought to you by the letter P?")