Monday, March 28, 2011

Hamburger Steaks with Spicy Sweet Tomato Sauce, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, and Cheddar

I made hamburger steaks for my family last week for the very first time. You'd think I had invented the tastiest food ever made. They LOVED it and have asked for it again this week. I fancied them up a bit this time around, though.

Hamburger Steaks with Spicy Sweet Tomato Sauce, Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, and Mushrooms

1 tbs butter
1 red onion, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes
1 small chipotle chili pepper
1/2 cup prepared bbq sauce
1 small peach, sliced, skin and pit removed
pinch salt
4 lbs ground meat (i used a combo of ground turkey and ground beef)
3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

Start the onions and mushrooms by melting the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and bring the heat down to medium. Let onions cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook an additional 10 minutes. Your onions should be a beautiful golden brown.

While the onions cook, start the sauce by pureeing the tomatoes, chili pepper, bbq sauce, salt, and peach in a food processor until almost smooth. Pour into a small sauce pan and bring to an even simmer. Let simmer until dinner is almost ready, then remove from heat to let cool just before serving.

For the hamburger steaks, mix the ground meat, Worcestershire sauce, and desired amount of salt and pepper. Shape mixture into 8 oval shaped patties and cook on a griddle or skillet, medium high heat, 8 minutes on each side or until no pink juices remain (i do like my beef a little rarer, but since i used ground turkey, i did not want any visible pink). Before removing each patty from heat, spread a bit of the tomato sauce and top with a slice of cheddar and let melt.

To serve, plate each patty and scoop a generous helping of your caramelized onions and mushrooms on top of the melted cheddar. A simple salad and seasonal fruit are great compliments.



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