Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Date Night Dinner: Lamb Burgers with a Mediterranean Compote and Mint Aioli

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With all of the festiveness going on in our house lately, I was ready for a savory break.  Lamb is one of my favorite meats but we rarely buy it ,mainly because hello!  It is so expensive!  But, we lucked out and lamb was on sale last week at our local organic food store.  A pound went into my shopping cart before my brain realized what my hands had done!

One of our favorite dinners is from the Breslin restaurant in the Ace Hotel in New York.  The lamb burger is a decadent treat but too expensive to be somewhere we go often.  It's used for super special occasions or when we have friends and family we're looking to feed well.  I wanted to recreate the juicy lamb burger they make so well at home.

A lot of people think I'm crazy that I leave work at 7 and want to come home and cook a meal like this one.  But just because it sounds fancy and tastes absolutely insanely delicious, doesn't mean it has to be a ton of hard work.  In fact, the whole thing came together with time to spare as we waited for the oven fries to finish crisping up.
Lamb Burgers with Mediterranean Compote & Mint Aioli
Serves:  2 (2 burgers)
Burgers:
2/3 pound ground lamb
2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
2 kaiser rolls, toasted

Mediterranean Compote:
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup olives, diced
1 roasted red pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 teaspoon mint, minced
1 teaspoon parsley, minced

Mint Aioli:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons mint, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt

Burgers:  To make the burgers, form lamb into 2 patties.  Season with seasoning on both sides.  Grill 6-8 minutes per side, until fully cooked through but still juicy.  Place on kaiser rolls immediately so rolls can soak up extra juice!

Mediterranean Compote:  While burgers are cooking, combine feta cheese, olives, roasted red pepper, onion, mint, and parsley.  Divide evenly over the burgers.

Mint Aioli:  Combine mayonnaise, mint, and salt.  Spread on the cut side of each top roll.  Cover and serve burgers immediately.



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