November is a time for thankfulness, final goodbyes to fall, turkey recipes and time with family. It’s also when football is in full swing and a fancy burger like our bruschetta burger, garlic and parmesan french fries and an aioli dipping sauce with a comfy couch and your significant other is in order.
Now before you judge us and say “well, how can you combine the word football and date in one sentence?”, hear us out first. In our house, we take football very seriously. With Eric hailing from Seattle and being a die hard Seahawks fan and me being from the Golden State and rooting for my Forty Niners, things can get a little interesting with a division rivalry. Differences aside, we both love the sport and actually bonded when we were first dating over watching football games together on Sundays. We’d meet up after church at a Buffalo Wild Wings wearing our best team garb and flirt through poking fun at each others teams.
So if you’re like us and you and your boo love football (or you’re trying to impress a football fanatic you’re dating 😉), or finally, you hate sports but are looking for a really good lunch date recipe, we think you’ll love this scrumptious twist on a burger. The bruschetta on the burger really takes the flavor profile to the next level. Topping it off with parmesan garlic fries (which by the way is a San Fransisco Forty Niner stadium tradition) and aioli dipping sauce is the perfect salty combination. We hope you enjoy!
Bruschetta Burger Recipe
For the bruschetta:
- 4 medium romaine tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons for fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons of freshly shaved or shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Deseed the tomatoes first (you want to avoid making this bruschetta watery for it to properly set on the hamburger). Finely dice the tomatoes (again, this will prevent your burger from falling apart when it comes time to eat). Finely dice the basil and combine the tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt into a mixing bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the burgers.
For the hamburger:
- 1 pound of ground chuck beef (85% meat, 15% fat)
- 1 shallot
- 1 large ball of fresh mozzarellas cheese
- Hamburger bun of your choice
- 1/4 stick of butter
- salt and pepper to taste
Dice the shallot and combine in a mixing bowl with the beef along with the salt and pepper. Once the ingredients have been combined, form them into four patties about 1/4 inches thick each. The patties will shrink so I generally make them a little bigger. Melt the butter in a pan that will fit all four patties. If you don’t have one big enough use a smaller pan and cook two at a time. Once the butter is melted, place the patties in and cook until medium rare. Then with all the patties cooked to medium rare, place them back in the pan with the mozzarella cheese placed on top of the patties. Cover the pan to create a steam effect so that the cheese melts. When the cheese has melted to your liking, place the patties on the hamburger buns and load it up with bruschetta!
Parmesan Garlic Fries with Aioli Dipping Sauce
For the french fries:
- 4 russet potatoes
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of pepper
- 4-6 cups of vegetable oil
- Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the potatoes into 1 inch slivers (or however thick you prefer your fries to be). Pour 4-6 cups of vegetable oil into a frying pan, depending on the size of your pan. If you are using a large pan or a fryer, plan your vegetable oil amount accordingly. Fry the sliced potatoes until they are a golden brown color and then remove and place on baking sheet. Add half of the salt and pepper over the fries and then place them into your preheated oven. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Remove the fries and let cool. Once cool, place the fries into a bowl and mix and drizzle with olive oil. Add the remaining salt and pepper as well as the minced garlic and parmesan cheese and mix together until they are evenly covered. Plate and enjoy!
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice and cayenne pepper into a small container and refrigerate until ready to serve.