Spanish Pork Burgers.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Spanish Pork Burgers. by: – May 4, 2011 26 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share This Spanish-themed burger is boldly flavored with sautéed onions (which keep it moist), paprika, garlic and green olives. The creamy mayonnaise spread is tangy with lemon and a hint of earthy saffron.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 354 calories; 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 3 g mono unsaturated fat); 71 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 5 g fiber; 659 mg sodium; 209 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (31% daily value).Ingredients:1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil3 cups thinly sliced Spanish onion3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided1/4 teaspoon salt, divided1 pound lean ground pork1 tablespoon finely chopped Spanish green olives, such as Manzanilla2 teaspoons minced garlic2 teaspoons Pimentón de la Vera (see Shopping Tip) or Hungarian paprika1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest1 tablespoon lemon juicePinch of saffron (see Ingredient Note)1/4 cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted2 whole jarred Piquillo peppers (see Shopping Tip) or jarred pimientos, halved lengthwiseDrections:Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Set aside half the onion for topping; finely chop the other half.Preheat grill to medium.Place the chopped onion in a large bowl; add pork, olives, garlic, paprika, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick.Combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice and saffron in a small bowl.Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 10 to 12 minutes total. Top with cheese and cook until it is melted, about 1 minute more.Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the lemon-saffron mayonnaise, some of the reserved onions and a half a Piquillo (or pimiento) pepper.Shopping Tip: Spain is known for its superb paprika called Pimentón de la Vera, which has a smoky flavor, and for intensely flavored peppers called Piquillos. Look for these specialty ingredients in well-stocked supermarkets, gourmet-food shops or online at or Note: Literally the dried stigma from Crocus sativus, saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. Each crocus produces only 3 stigma, requiring over 75,000 flowers for each pound of saffron. Fortunately, a little goes a long way. It’s used sparingly to add golden yellow color and flavor to a wide variety of Middle Eastern, African and European-inspired foods.Find it in the specialty-herb section of large supermarkets, gourmet-food shops and Wrapped in foil and placed in a container with a tight-fitting lid, it will keep in a cool, dry place for several years. Tip: To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray. Recipe source: Eating Welllast_img

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