I was looking for Jalapeno peppers in the store the other day when I came across a pepper I had never tried before. The "Serrano" pepper. Its shape and color is quite similar to that of a Jalapeno, only smaller. Usually smaller peppers mean they are spicier (I love spicy!), so I was eager to give this pepper a try.
I was surprised when I discovered it was actually a much milder pepper. It does have a similar flavor to the Jalapeno, it just doesn't pack as much heat. It was actually rather tasty though. It was especially good paired with the mushrooms and garlic in these burgers. :)
|Burger pictured with melted Muenster cheese|
- 1 Egg
- 1 Clove garlic, finely diced
- 1 Pound hamburger
- 1 Serrano pepper, finely diced
- 7 Small Portabello mushrooms, diced (about a 3/4 to 1 cup)
- Salt & pepper (does anyone ever actually measure these?)
- 1-2 TBSP Parmesan cheese (optional, you could also use almond flour if you prefer)
- Drizzle of olive oil if cooking in a pan (not needed if using full-fat beef, I prefer lean so I usually add a little before cooking)
Grill or saute to your desired temperature. I always cook mine well done. Remember, consuming raw or undercooked meats can sometimes cause food-borne illnesses. I wouldn't want anyone to get sick off my burgers! We ate these over salad, but I'm sure they would be great on a whole grain bun if you'd prefer that.
|Shown over Romaine & Kale salad with olives, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and Feta cheese|