Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Juicy Lucy!

Chicken Juicy Lucy patti...
I was hungry last night, so I decided to make something that's healthy/light but quite filling… I made my Chicken version of a Juicy Lucy (fear not, the beef version is here too)…

These can be cooked ahead & rewarmed in the microwave - very flavorful.  This recipe makes 6 patties.

  1 pound very lean Ground Beef
      OR Ground Chicken - I can get 99% fat free
  2 cups portobello mushrooms, chopped roughly
  2 cups onions, chopped roughly
  1 garlic clove, crushed
  2 tsp sea salt
  11/2 tsp dried rosemary, whole
  11/2 tsp dried sage, rubbed
  1/2 tsp peppercorn, whole
  3/4 cup finely grated Sharp Cheddar
For the Chicken ones you'll want to have 2 tsp of my Sausage Spice ready.
Also, have handy some Light Burger buns, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Condiments…


Grind sea salt, rosemary, sage & peppercorns into a powder using a mortar and pestle.
Spray non-stick fry pan with spray Olive Oil, cook mushrooms and onions  until soft, add crushed garlic and ground spices (not Sausage Spice), cook a little longer. Set aside and let cool.
Use a food processor to pulverize cooled mushroom/onion mixture, getting it to a consistency that reminds you of ground meat.

Prep 2 frying pans with spray Olive Oil (unless you've got a pan/griddle big enough for 6).
Mix ground meat (if chicken add 2 tsp Sausage  Spice mix) with mushroom/onion mixture

Using 1/2 of the meat mixture, form 6 very thin patties, placing them into the frying pans as you go.

Place 2 Tbl of the grated cheese into the middle of each patti.

Using the remaining meat mixture, form 6 very thin patties, placing each on top of the ones in the pans, press the edges together to enclose the cheese.  Don't be concerned if they are domed (they should be).

Note: the patties are not prone to shrinking.

Cook on medium heat, after flipping press the patties down slightly to flatten the domed portion.

Once cooked put on light bun & add toppings/condiments of your choosing.

I'm stuffed just thinking about last night's dinner...

I like to have the leftover patties around, I warm them in the microwave & make myself a Juicy Lucy for lunch… Yum!!

Enjoy!!  I did… :)

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