Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Elk Burger with Grilled Tomatoes and Artisan Smoked Provolone!

     Elk Burger! 
     I was very pleased to find Elk Steaks and Ground Elk Meat at Larry's Great Western Meats.  This butcher shop is located at Valley View and Alta in Las Vegas.  Just to let the locals that are into gourmet alternative meats know, Larry's Great Western Meats stocks wild game, great steaks and hard to find items like Rocky Mountain Oysters and Sweetbreads.
     Elk tastes like clean, lean sweet beef.  Elk is not gamey tasting at all.  In fact, Elk tastes milder than Buffalo.  Those who seek free range organic drug free meats, will certainly be pleased with Elk.

     Today's Elk Burger recipe is simple, but it has a classic gourmet burger flavor.  Artisan style Smoked Provolone Cheese tastes great with grilled tomatoes.  The smokey cheese gives the Elk Burger a nice campfire cookout flavor.

     Elk Burger with Grilled Tomatoes and Artisan Smoked Provolone:
     This recipe yields a 6 ounce burger.
     Elk is so lean, that it must be cooked no more than a medium finish temperature or the meat will be tough.  Elk also cooks very quickly, so be sure to set up the burger plate first.
     Step 1:  Heat a non-stick or seasoned cast iron griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Brush a split whole wheat hamburger bun with melted unsalted butter.
     Grill the hamburger bun, till it is toasted golden brown.
     Set the bottom half of the bun on a plate.  Set the top half of the bun aside.
     *Leave the pan on the heat.
     Step 2:  Place a couple of Boston Lettuce leaves on the burger bun on the plate.
     Place 1 thin slice of bermuda onion on the lettuce.
     Set the burger plate aside.
     Step 3:  Place 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter on the griddle.
     Grill 3 or 4 slices of plum tomato that are 1/4" thick.
     Season the tomato with sea salt, black pepper.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of oregano on the tomato.
     Grill the tomato slices on both sides, till light brown highlights appear.
     Set the grilled tomato slices on a dish and keep them warm on a stove top.
     Step 4:  Raise the griddle temperature to medium heat.
     Place 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter on the griddle.
     Add a 6 ounce Elk Meat Burger Patty.
     Season the Elk Burger with sea salt and black pepper.
     Grill the Elk Burger on both sides, till it is cooked to a medium rare temperature.
     Step 5:  Place 2 thin slices of Artisan Style Smoked Provolone Cheese on the Elk Burger.
     Pour 1 ounce of water on the griddle next to the burger and immediately cover the the burger with a domed sauce pot lid.  (The steam will partially melt the cheese on the Elk Burger!)
     Step 6:  Remove the domed lid.
     Use a spatula to place the Elk Burger on the hamburger bun on the set up plate.
     Use a spatula to place the grilled tomato slices on the cheese.
     Lean the top half of the hamburger bun against the Elk Burger.
     Garnish the plate with an Italian Parsley sprig.
     Place a few Bread & Butter Pickle Chips on the plate.
     This is an easy gourmet Elk Burger recipe that is worth trying!

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