The Swap theme this time around was another Blogger’s Choice. I was assigned Sweet Beginnings, which was awesome since I’ve had my eye on a bunch of Jaida’s recipes for a while now. Sadly though, the Husby has been out of town for the past two weeks (which is our time frame for the swap) so I had to choose something that would be easily adaptable for one.
I typically have a really hard time cooking for just myself when DH is away. It’s so much easier to just pick up something prepared at the grocery store or place a call for delivery. But this week was different. After gorging myself on all the delicious food in Seattle at BlogHer Food this weekend, I was determined to get in the kitchen and take control of what I was eating.
I found some ground beef in the freezer so off I went to search the site for a great recipe. I loved the sound of this burger, and it turned out that I was only missing one ingredient so I just made an easy substitution! So while the Fruitaholic dined on some avocado, blueberries and bacon (this child’s eating habits are quite interesting), I happily munched away on my burger.
The creamy avocado provided a nice contrast against the crisp bacon, and the flavor of the patty was out of this world. I didn’t want to buy a full container of chipotle mayo so I mixed a chopped chipotle pepper and a bit of its sauce into some greek yogurt instead of mayo. I also mixed some of the chipotle pepper and cilantro into the ground beef as well. What can I say? I like things spicy!
And speaking of BlogHer Food, I was lucky to meet the fine folks over at Ziplist. The Erins were incredibly nice and welcoming and I thank them for allowing me to crash their party! Ziplist allows you to save a recipe to your recipe box and even create a shopping list to take with you to the grocery store, so make sure to head over and check them out. They have a database full of thousands of recipes from your favorite bloggers and food sites. It’s free so what do you have to lose?!
I have much more to tell you about BlogHer Food in the near future but for now, tell me: What do you think of the new formatting here on TJOC?
- 1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Chipotle in Adobo, seeded and chopped + 1 Tbsp. Sauce,
- 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt (or Lite Mayonnaise)
- 1 Chipotle in Adobo, seeded and chopped + 1 Tbsp. Sauce
- 4 Slices Bacon, cooked
- 4 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese (I shredded about a cup)
- 4 Burger Buns
- 1 Avocado, sliced
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped
Heat your grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat.
In a medium bowl, combine the beef, Worcestershire sauce, chipotle and sauce and cilantro. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Cook for 4-6 minutes per side to your desired amount of doneness.
While the burgers are cooking, combine the yogurt/mayo and chipotle and mix well. Set aside.
Toast the buns. Spread the sauce on the bottom bun. Assemble the burgers in the following order: bottom bun, patty, cheese, avocado slices, 2 half strips of bacon, cilantro, top bun.
Slightly adapted from Sweet Beginnings