"Summertime and the livin' is easy ..." "Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer ..." "It's summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime ..."
Familiar song lyrics indicate that the short months of sweltering sun, comforting shade, gently swaying hammocks, lounge chairs in the yard, overflowing picnic baskets and fired-up grills are not to be met with a lot of fuss and bother.
The same applies to summer's cuisine. Let these cookout-friendly recipes match the rhythm of the season and be deliciously quick, uncomplicated, refreshing and fun.
I made the Caribbean burgers and accompanying slaw as "something different" for my vegetarian daughter Suzanne during a Labor Day visit to her town.
The second sandwich has a popular salad dressing flavor done up in a burger. Salsa wakes up the taste buds in the optional topping.
Bacon burgers are made simpler by using ready-to-go bacon in a bag. The taste of the packaged cooked bits has much improved over the years. The real bits are certainly better than those deep red-orange "pork-flavored Grape Nuts" (as I dubbed them) of old. You know the ones.
In case you want to sustain summer partying after your burger event, Aug. 8 is National Zucchini Day. Get out and celebrate!
Reach Judy Grigoraci at ...@suddenlink.net
Vegetarian Caribbean Jerk
Burger with Caribbean Coleslaw
Makes 4 servings.
2 tablespoons Marzetti light slaw dressing
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 1/2 cups packaged coleslaw mix
4 vegetarian burger patties (recommended Boca Griller)
Whole-wheat hamburger buns
IN BOWL, mix slaw dressing, mayonnaise and seasoning; set aside. Prepare burger as desired - grill, pan-fried or broiled (or according to package directions on the Boca box). Once one side is heated (or cooked if meat patty), turn.
USING HALF the slaw dressing mixture, spoon equal amounts over the heated top of the burgers and allow burgers to cook/brown on the uncooked side until heated or cooked through. Stir remaining slaw dressing mixture into the coleslaw mix. Top cooked burgers with slaw and place in bun.