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Peanut butter banana burger (and beer greens)

This was one that I posted last year on Grub for Guys and with grilling season just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to bring it back out. It’s sort of a tribute to Elvis, but mostly a tribute to those who like peanut butter and burgers and don’t mind trying them together. Enjoy!

Making a good burger is an art form. There are so many variations now, and so many different meats to use to make burgers, we could spend days talking about them. Well let’s stop talking and start grilling. Here is a unique Elvis-style burger that tasted better than I even expected it to.

Peanut Butter and Banana Burger
I’ve come to learn that peanut butter and bananas really do go well together. And while you might think putting them on a burger is weird, think again. The flavors complement each other to create something unique and if I do say, pretty awesome.

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
4 good hamburger buns, sliced
Kosher salt
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
¼ cup finely diced pineapple
¼ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
2 bananas

Directions
Slice bananas in half length-wise and spray or brush with vegetable or canola oil. Grill over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Cut into 2-3 inch slices. Combine beef with cilantro and pineapple, and form into four patties. Sprinkle with salt, and grill for 3-4 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Toast buns on grill for 30 seconds or so if desired. To assemble, spread 1 Tbsp. peanut butter on both sides (1/2 Tbsp. per side) of buns. Lay banana slices on bottom half and place burger on top of bananas, and bun top over that. Hide the ketchup, because….well, it doesn’t really mix with peanut butter. Serves 4.

Beer Greens
Does the thought of making greens like collard greens, turnip greens, kale or chard scare you? It scared me too, but I learned how to do it and to flavor them the way a man should flavor his green vegetables—with beer. This recipe is a good side to any burger or chicken.

Ingredients
1 bunch greens, washed and coarsely chopped (kale works best for this recipe)
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2 slices deli ham, diced (about 1/3 cup)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 12 oz. bottle of beer
Hot sauce to taste
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Heat olive oil in large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When you feel the heat if you place your hand about three inches from the pan, add onion and garlic. Sautee until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add ham and continue cooking for about 1 minute. Add greens and stir until they cook down, about 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper, then beer. Lower heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add hot sauce to taste and more salt and pepper if necessary, and serve. Serves 4.

  

He-Man fiery sausage and peppers

Hey guys. If you are like me, and like spicy food to the point that you sometimes crave it, I’ve got a great dish for you to try. This is probably not the kind of thing women will like, so it’s a good dish to make for your buddies for an NFL Sunday or other get-together. And the cool thing is you can make it extra spicy just by making a few adjustments. And hey, there’s beer in it! Are you ready? Oh, by the way, this was originally published on Bullz-Eye.com’s Grub for Guys.

Here is what you’ll need:

2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 links pre-cooked smoked bratwurst (or 4-6 hot dogs)
2-3 poblano peppers (the dark green, oblong ones)
3-4 jalapeno peppers (fresh, not from a jar)
½ cup beer
¾ cup diced tomatoes
½ cup barbecue sauce
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over low-medium heat. While that is heating, cut the peppers—slice off the top stem of the poblano, remove the seeds and membrane and slice thinly. Then slice the jalapeno carefully—first cut off the stem, and then cut into rounds. I like to do this and leave the seeds in for two reasons. One, it won’t burn your hands (though you still might consider plastic gloves), and two, the dish will be spicier with the seeds intact. Throw the peppers into the skillet and stir fry until lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes.

Then cut up the bratwurst into slices about ¼ inch thick, and add those to the skillet. Let them start to brown just a bit, maybe 2-3 minutes. Then pour in the beer slowly, which should loosen all the brown stuff at the bottom of the pan (if you use cold beer, you can drink the rest of the bottle). Add the tomatoes, barbecue sauce and hot sauce, then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper, and let simmer on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the sauce starts to reduce and thicken.

If you want the dish to be really hot, try any combination of these tips….use a hotter hot sauce, use Ro-Tel extra spicy tomatoes (trust me, the stuff is nasty hot), leave the seeds in the jalapenos, and maybe buy a sausage that’s already spicy—I’ve seen some habanero chicken sausage that would work well for this.

That’s it…you might want to serve this with bread or crackers to help soak up the heat, or just let it burn your mouth and cool off those taste buds with a frosty, refreshing beverage of your choice.

  

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