I don’t know about y’all, but I have a really hard time coming up with new and exciting things for dinner. Sometimes I search the web. Sometimes I hunt around the store for inspiration. I pour through our myriad of cookbooks. I buy more cookbooks. This summer I’m hoping to sign us up for a CSA to keep myself in interesting produce for a while – it may help. But eventually, I’m at a loss for what to cook.
So I thought I’d share the good dinner recipes when I have them. And I’m hoping that the few of you that read this from time to time might chime in with some of your own.
So, without further ado, I bring you tonight’s supper:
Blue Cheese Burgers w/ Grilled Onion on Texas Toast
Really should make 4, possibly 5 burgers
1 lb. ground beef
A few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce
A few shakes of garlic salt
A few twists from the pepper grinder
2-3 tbsp of cream cheese and a roughly equal amount of blue cheese
One large red onion
Six slices of garlic butter Texas Toast (make your own, buy frozen, or see if there are fresh ones in the bakery section – it doesn’t matter overly much)
Put the ground beef into a bowl and work in the Worcestershire Sauce, onion salt, and pepper with your hands. I’m pretty sure I used a good tablespoon of Worcestershire, maybe more – it’s a taste thing, adjust it to yours. Form this into eight or ten flatish patties that don’t quite cover the palm of your hand. In another bowl mix the cheeses together with a spoon. Spread the cheese mixture onto the middles of three of your patties. Make beef patty oreos and pinch and press the edges together so you can’t see any cheese.
Slice red onion into 1/2 inch slices (or less, Seth asked for less next time) and rub a little olive oil on each side.
Cook the burgers by your desired method (I’m a grill girl myself) until they are as done as you like your burgers. This will likely take a little longer than you’re used to due to the thickness. Some cheese may ooze out, this is ok. You can either grill or pan saute the onions right along with the burgers. You can either grill or oven bake the texas toast. I lit the webber and laid everything on there, pulling things off as they were done. Once they’re all done, assemble and enjoy.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Sage Butter
1-2 Acorn squash
2-4 Tbsp. salted butter
1 Tbsp. rubbed sage (fresh would be better, we didn’t have any tonight)
Cut open your squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut each whole squash into about six wedges. Melt your butter and stir the sage into it. Brush this onto the squash and let a little pool in the “bottom of the boat.” Bake these in a 350 degree oven until the squash is soft when poked with a fork. I put mine on a pizza stone in a cold oven, set for 350, and it took about 35 minutes.
I hope this helps someone who needs a good idea for dinner. Feel free to pass it along to anyone who might like it; these are far from being entirely my original ideas, so share the love!