RECIPES: Recipe Details
Bon Temps Muffuletta Burgers (revised)
Laissez le Bon temps roule…..Let the good times roll in South Louisiana with this regional burger. Locals and visitors alike stand in line at grocery stores in the New Orleans area sell to purchase muffulettas. This burger incorporates the traditional muffuletta ingredients of salami, garlic and cheese within the beef, while other traditional ingredients of provolone and fontina cheese and olive salad complement the patty.
2 ½ pounds ground chuck (85% lean)
6 ounces shredded Romano Pecorino Cheese
6 ounces Genoa Salami, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh minced rosemary
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 slices Provolone cheese
6 slices Fontina cheese
6 Italian rolls, split
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons roasted red pepper pesto
6 red tipped curly lettuce leaves
6 (1/4 inch) slices Creole tomatoes
¾ cup prepared olive salad
Prepare grill to medium high.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, Romano Pecorino cheese, diced salami, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and rosemary. With your hands or a large spoon, gently mix well, handling the meat as little as possible to prevent compacting it. Form into 6 equal-sized patties sized to fit the buns.
Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook until the bottoms are brown, about 5 minutes. With a spatula, turn over the patties and cook an additional 4 minutes, or until cooked to your preference.
During the last few minutes of grilling, top each patty with a slice of provolone cheese and a slice of Fontina cheese to melt. Place the Italian rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast lightly.
In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard and roasted red pepper pesto. Spread the cut sides of the rolls with the Dijon-pesto mixture. To assemble the burgers, on each bottom bun layer a lettuce leaf, a slice of tomato, burger patty with melted cheeses, and 2 tablespoons olive salad. Add the roll tops and serve.
The bold and spicy flavors of this American burger are complimented by the blend of Italian cheese.