Muy Caliente

Guess what? AC is still out, which means we are STILL at my parents’ house… sweet. Fun weekend nonetheless. I’ve got a lot to write about, so you’re kind of getting two posts in one here!

First up: SATURDAY

I’ve been craving one of my favorite restaurants, Cafe San Miguel, for a while and we finally made it there on Saturday night. Not only is the food amazing, but you could spend hours taking in the decor. I took this shot while we were waiting at the bar (with wine, of course!):

We started with guacamole- they make it to order with lots of lime juice, topped with salsa:

I ordered the Enchiladas con Mole: pulled chicken wrapped in homemade corn tortillas, topped with the BEST mole sauce ever. Very thick and cocoa-y. I would love to figure out this recipe someday…

We probably should have just stopped there, but I’ve been reading about a new natural frozen yogurt/gelato place that just opened up on Henderson, Natsumi. Brian had banana sorbet and I had plain yogurt with blueberries:

Very yummy- kind of tangy and not too sweet. I assume that this is similar to Pinkberry. So yeah, we had that and then pretty much waddled home :)

Next up: SUNDAY

Today was burger day! I racked my brain all weekend trying to come up with something for the big burger contest I posted about yesterday. And what I came up with was… Bloody Mary Burgers! Basically it’s a patty of lean ground turkey, celery, onions, tomato and spices, topped with fresh tomato slices and pickled green beans (the best part), on a wheat bun with a horseradish mayo sauce. Sounds a little weird, but I promise it’s good. If you want the recipe, it’s posted below. Here’s a shot of just the burger:

We stopped at World Market today and I couldn’t resist these cute burger baskets. Here’s the full meal, with Alexia fries and roasted asparagus. And my beer. I usually don’t drink beer, but it always sounds good with a burger & fries. The best part? No clean up! We just tossed the wax paper afterwards.

Want the recipe? Here it is:

Bloody Mary Turkey Burgers with Horseradish Mayo
Serves 4

  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 3 Celery Ribs, Diced
  • ½ Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 Tbs Tomato Paste
  • 1 Lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ tsp Celery Salt
  • ¼ tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • ½ Cup Light Mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp Creamed Horseradish
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Pickled Green Beans
  • 1 Large Tomato, Sliced
  • 4 Wheat Hamburger Buns

Preheat grill.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add celery, onion, garlic and tomato paste and sauté 5-7 minutes, until onions have softened. Remove from heat.  Put ground turkey in a large bowl and add sautéed vegetables, Worcestershire, celery salt, and Tabasco and stir to mix.  Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. Grill until burgers have cooked through.

To make the horseradish mayo, mix mayo, horseradish, lemon juice and Dijon mustard in small bowl. If you like horseradish, feel free to add more to taste!  Spread on buns.

Place burgers on buns and top with 3-4 pickled green beans and a tomato slice. Enjoy!

Oh, and the AC repairman is coming tomorrow between 8 and 12. Wish us luck!

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2 Responses to Muy Caliente

  1. Tammy says:

    Oh Heather,
    I’m sorry but Mole? bleh, bleh bleh One of the FEW things I just can’t tolerate. Unusual since I LOVE chocolate.

    HOWEVER, those burgers look delish. You are so creative, I would never have come up with that in a million years.

    Hope AC is back on soon. What a pain.

  2. Rose says:

    I feel so bad for you that the AC is not back yet. I was in Dallas in March and DYING in the humidity/heat… I can’t imagine what July is like right now…

    Dinner out looks very nice – I like the decor of that place…

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