Wine Varietal: White Merlot
My inspiration for the Balsamic Pecan Burger with Grilled Vidalia Onion Goat Cheese
and Fiery Ginger Peach Sauce comes from local southern flavors that I grew up with.
I took foods that I have not only eaten but that have been part of my life.
Picking up pecans from my grandmothers yard and trying to crack them with my
hands. Passing peach orchards on the road and counting the rows. My children
playing in Vidalia Onion fields. These are life memories not only culinary experiences.
These flavors are a part of me and what I bring to the table.
12 slices thick-cut bacon
2 medium Vidalia Onions (or any sweet variety)
3 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly cracked, divided
5 peaches, divided
Balsamic Pecan Patties:
2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup Sutter Home White Merlot
4 tablespoons Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons Lea and Perrins Worcheshire Sauce (or any brand of worcheshire)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced, divided
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
Fiery Ginger Peach Sauce:
1/2 cup peach preserves
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped, divided
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 Kaiser rolls, split
4 cups mixed baby greens
6 goat cheese rounds, 1/2 inch thick. room temperature
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill
When grill is ready place, a fire-proof skillet, on the grill rack and add bacon.
Cook bacon for 10-15 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper
towels. Remove skillet from grill and reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease for
Slice onions into 1/4 inch slices. Brush, onion slices, with 1 tablespoon olive oil
and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Peel and pit
peaches, slice into 1/2 inch slices. Place on a platter and cover with Reynolds
Wrap Non-Stick Foil.
To make the patties, combine chuck, pecans, Sutter Home White Merlot, balsamic
vinegar, worcheshire sauce, 1 tablespoon garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon
black pepper. Handling the patties, as little as possible, form into 6 equal patties to
fit the size of rolls. Place on platter lined with Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil, loosely
cover with foil also and set aside.
Brush grill with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Using a disposable grill liner on
grill rack and place onion slices and peach slices on liner. Grill, onions and
peaches, 2-3 minutes per side or until onions are cooked through. Remove onions,
peaches and grill liner from grill, set aside, and cover with foil.
To make the sauce, in a small bowl, take one of the grilled peach slices and
mash with a fork. Combine with mashed peaches, preserves, pepper sauce, red
pepper flakes, jalapeno, ginger, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix until well
blended and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons bacon grease, 1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon
lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Whisk until fully incorporated. Set aside in refrigerator.
In a small bowl, place butter, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1
tablespoon parsley. Mix with a fork until well blended. Spread on cut side of rolls
and set aside.
Place the patties on the grill rack, cover and cook for 5-8 minutes, on each side
for medium. During the last 2-3 minutes of grilling, place the rolls cut side down,
on the outer edge of grill rack. Toast rolls until lightly golden brown. Remove
both grilled patties and toasted rolls. Place grilled patties on platter and place a
slice of goat cheese on each burger. Tent patties loosely with foil to keep warm
and let rest.
To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of sauce on the top and
lower cut side of rolls. In a large bowl place mixed greens and whisk dressing
to reblend. Pour dressing over greens and toss to coat. On the lower roll place
a handful of salad and top with 2 grilled peaches. Place a grilled pattie on top
peaches, top with equal amounts of grilled onions, 2 bacon slices and follow with
Serve with Sutter Home White Merlot and Enjoy!