Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What I Ate: Korean Food (3)

Whenever I do these Korean food roundups, I get so hungry. Korean food is my default cuisine (hello, it's what I grew up on) so it's the one type of food I can always eat, no matter what my mood is.
This roundup is a little less elaborate than the past two, mostly because I was just a bad blogger and didn't pick up the camera quite as much as I should have.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Swiss Patty Melts

I am (a self-declared) queen of burgers. It's my favorite non-Korean food, probably because it's the one non-Korean food my mom made, and it's definitely the meal I make most come summertime because hello, grill and burger are BFF. My ultimate favorite is probably my stacked burger because it's so decadent and humongous and just gorgeous to look at but, the brioche bun is a bit of a pain to make (mostly because waiting for the dough to rise isn't a fun activity for an impatient hungry person). So, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I like to grab storebought rye bread and throw together swiss patty melts, which are technically a sandwich but not a burger (a burger is a sandwich, but a sandwich is not a burger) but they've got the beef patty and that's the most important part. They're quite quick, really delicious but simple, and because I'm me, I still manage to incorporate a grill into the mix.
Ingredients [serves 4]:
1½ lbs. ground beef
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon + 2 tablespoons butter
4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
½ onion, sliced
8 slices rye bread
4 slices swiss cheese

Monday, April 25, 2016

Spiced Lamb Kofta Kebabs

This post is the accompaniment to Friday's Israeli couscous post. It shows the rest of the meal and I have to say, this was a really delicious, summer-appropriate dinner. It involved the grill, the plates were colorful, and it didn't leave me feeling guilty for gorging like a greedy pig.

As I was editing the photos for this post, I realized that the kofte kebabs look a little turd-like; I apologize for the graphic descriptor. But these were delicious, so please don't let their appearance deter you from reading on. It's not like I personally chose this shape. Every kofte kebab I've ever had has been a sausage-y log-like shape so I'm just following tradition here.
Ingredients [serves 4]:
1 lb. ground lamb
3 slices bacon
10 to 15 sprigs parsley
3 cloves garlic
1 sprig rosemary, stripped
zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

+ lemon & parsley couscous
+ tzatziki
+ roasted chickpeas
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