SOPRANOS ITALIAN-STYLE BURGER

Contributed By: Kay Davis

Ingredients:

Burger Ingredients:
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
lb pancetta
6-8 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
cup Worcestershire sauce
cup chopped fresh basil
cup chopped fresh parsley
cup grated carrot
cup grated Parmesan cheese
cup grated asiago cheese
cup crumbled goat cheese
Ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1 tsp oregano
Splash of red wine (Cabernet, if available)

Topping Ingredients:
1 healthy slice of fresh mozzarella cheese
1 roasted red pepper
1 slice "joisy" beefsteak tomato
red tip curly lettuce
2 basil leaves
2-3 arugula leaves
2 anchovy filets
homemade fresh Genovese style pesto sauce
"Whacking" Ingredients: Pinch of paprika
Pinch of grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch of salt and black pepper
All "laid to rest" on a seeded Kaiser roll

Method:

Add 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil to a medium hot 12-inch skillet. Add
the chopped pieces of pancetta to the skillet and saute, do not brown. Add
chopped onion and saute until sweated. Add the chopped cloves of garlic, and saute
the mixture until garlic becomes fragrant. Remove from heat, and immediately add the chopped basil. Allow mixture to cool.
Combine beef, pork and pancetta mixture in a large mixing bowl. Then add the following burger ingredients: carrot, parsley, Parmesan/asiago/goat cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, ground black pepper/ salt to taste and a splash of wine! Combine all the ingredients, using a large rubber spatula (not by hand). Refrigerate the entire mixture in clear plastic wrap for at least 90 minutes.

Preheat and season grill. Form lb patties and grill on each side for 6-8
minutes. Remove from grill.
COOK'S NOTE: You may add slab of fresh mozzarella cheese now and melt over the top of the burger in broiler OR just enjoy the burger with the fresh mozzarella as is, cold from the refrigerator!

TO ASSEMBLE: Spread both sides of Kaiser roll with homemade pesto sauce. Add red leaf lettuce and place patty on top. Place the slice of tomato and healthy slab of fresh mozzarella cheese, then top with fresh arugula, basil, roasted red pepper and finally, thin filets of anchovies! You finally "whack" the soprano's burger (or in Emeril's words, "BAM" the burger) with a pinch of paprika, oregano, grated Parmesan cheese, salt and ground black pepper. AN BURGER


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