Wine Varietal: Pinot Grigio
one of my all-time favorite Italian meals redesigned as an American classic burger
1 package (8 oz) Ricotta cheese, softened
Â½ cup tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
Â½ cup finely, chopped pepperoni
Â½ cup black olives, finely chopped
Â¼ cup finely chopped green onions
Â¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Â½ cup shredded Mozzarella
1Â½ lb lean ground chicken
Â½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Â½ cup Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, made with Extra virgin olive oil, Red Wine vinegar and Spring water
Â¼ cup onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Â½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
Â½ cup Parmigiano Regianno
2 cups Basil Leaves, chiffonade
3 cups spinach, chiffonade
Â¼ cup Good Seasons Italian Dressing
Â¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano
Italian Bread, 12 slices Â½ inch thick
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 – Â¼ inch thick tomato slices
6 slices Provolone Cheese
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
To make the spread, cream the Ricotta cheese and pizza sauce together in a small bowl. Incorporate remaining ingredients into Ricotta/sauce mixture. Cover and set aside.
To make the patties, make the Good Seasons Italian dressing. Whisk the egg and add Italian salad dressing, onion, garlic and salt. Combine mixture with ground chicken, breadcrumbs and cheese, handling as little as possible. Shape into 6 oblong patties to fit the bread slices. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
To make the salad mixture, chiffonade the basil and spinach. Combine with Italian dressing and cheese. Cover and set aside.
To prepare buns, cut Italian bread into Â½ inch slices. Combine melted butter and garlic. Brush both sides of bread with the butter mixture. Cover and set aside.
When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once until done to preference, 7 to 10 minutes on each side. During the last 3 minutes of grilling, top patties with Provolone cheese. Place the sliced Italian bread on the outer edges of the grill rack for 1Â½ minutes on each side to toast lightly.
To assemble the burgers, spread Ricotta/pizza sauce mixture on one side of each slice of bread. On bottom slices, place a grilled patty followed by a tomato slice and then equal portions of the salad mixture. Add the top slice and serve.