I’ve mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be posting dishes that I’ve cooked. And guess what? I cooked awhile ago. Very fast eh? Hahaha. Anyway, I’ve been buying Yummy magazine and have been placing marks on the dishes that I want to cook. This is one of them. It’s on the cover of the January/February 2011 issue. It looks so yummy and it’s chicken! I love chicken! When I read the instructions, it seems quite easy to do. Or so I thought…
Italian Chicken Burger with Oven-baked Fries
For the burger
3 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup chopped button mushrooms
¼ cup finely chopped white onion
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 heads roasted garlic (mashed into paste w/1tsp salt)
Freshly ground pepper
1 kilo ground chicken thighs
Olive oil (for frying)
6 burger buns
Lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted garlic mayonnaise
For the fries
4 large potatoes (peeled and sliced into 3/8-inch thick strips)
3 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp salt
First thing I did, chop. It took me awhile to chop the ingredients that needed chopping. Too bad I didn’t have any roasted garlic. I had to settle for the unroasted one. It says on the instruction that I have to mash the garlic into a paste. This posed as a big problem for me because we don’t have any mortar and pestle. So I had to improvise and find something that resembles a pestle. I don’t want to go into the details on how I mashed it. All I can say is that it was HARD. I’m definitely putting mortar and pestle on my “to-buy” list.
After all the chopping and mashing, I mixed the rosemary, mushroom, onion, mustard, garlic paste and pepper in a bowl.
I then added the ground chicken in and stirred it with a fork. It says “stir gently” but I was doing the opposite. Some parts of the chicken was still a bit frozen so I think I looked mad stirring the whole thing.
In order for the seasoning to really blend in, I have to place it in the refrigerator for an hour or so. While waiting, I decided to do the roasted garlic mayonnaise. Again, I don’t have roasted garlic. And yes, this involves mashing. In case you guys want to do this, you just have to mix 1/2 cup of plain mayonnaise, a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper to taste. For my case, since I don’t have roasted garlic, I had to adjust by placing more mayo and olive oil. By the way, I used extra virgin olive oil instead because that’s the one we have here at home.
After that was done, it was off to prepare the fries. Normally, I would enjoy chopping. But this potato was big. I didn’t follow the whole 3/8-inch thick rule because I don’t have time to estimate. I was just focused on chopping the thing. After putting some EVOO and salt, it was time to place it in the oven.
The hour finally passed and it’s now time to cook the patty. Cooking it in EVOO goodness, it took some time for the whole thing to be cooked. I had to resize it because the earlier batch that I did was so big and thick. Good thing my dad was there to help me fix the patties. While the patty was frying on the pan, I was actually nervous. I guess it’s with the anticipation and excitement as to how the thing would taste. As I was waiting for signs of a cooked patty, I would occasionally peek at the oven for the fries. It wasn’t looking that well. I think that my supposed drizzle of EVOO was more of a douse. I decided to let it sit there past its baking time (which is 25 minutes) just to see if I would get that golden brown effect. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get that and had to take it out of the oven. Going back to the patty, it’s finally cooked! And now for the taste…
The fries were okay. It wasn’t soggy but it was oily. As for the burger, I liked it! Well…the patty anyway. Honestly, I should have stuck with the thicker patty because the burger bun overpowered the dish. Nevertheless, I still liked it. I didn’t mind the garlic taste (I placed a layer of garlic mayo on it) because it gave the whole thing more flavor. The patty itself was already good. I was actually surprised that it was. Hehehe. And no, I’m not being biased on this just because I was the one who cooked it. My parents were there to taste it also and they liked it. And mind you, they are hard to please when it comes to food.
I definitely learned my lesson on this one. It’s still fun even though it was tiring. Looking forward to more dishes to learn! 🙂