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Healthy Zorba

Hi,my name is Judith and I enjoyed watching your burger contest on the Food Network. I was a food Manager for a school district and fed over a 1000 children daily very nutritious meals. We were one of the first to have a beautiful salad bar that was kid friendly and inviting. When I retired,I moved to Califorina to hang with my Tecky offspring but I recently returned home so now I can enter the Build a better Burger contest. I miss Napa Valley and look forward to returning if you think my burger is worthy. It makes you think of the Greek Islands and is delicious and easy to make. I throw in an all American bun to get the health benefits of oats but a greek bun works just as well. Thank you for this opportunity to enter, Judith


1. sweet onion bell pepper
3.garlic cloves
4. olive oil
5. butter
6.Pinot Noir
8. pepper
9.ground beef
10.ground sirloin
11.sauted veggies (# 1-3)
12.olive tapenade
13.crumble feta cheese
14. buns
15. butter
16. spinach leaves


Dice 1/2 cup onion,1/4 cup green bell pepper,2 T fresh garlic cloves minced,add to a hot fry pan with 1 T olive oil and 1 T butter,saute with a 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper until golden. Then add a 1/2 oz. Sutter Home Pinot Noir (2004)and cook until most of the liquid is gone. Next in a large bowl mix 1lb ground beef and 1lb ground sirloin,add 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper and mix lightly. Each burger will have a top and bottom so flatten meat into two standard burger size for each finish burger. You should get at least four burgers ( eight patties). On the bottom burger add 1 T sauted veggies, 2 T olive tapenade ("Cantare" brand name w/goat feta) and last 1 1/2 T crumbled feta cheese, put the top burger on and seal around tightly. When burgers are almost done take 4 Ora-Wheat Oat-Nutt buns and 1/4 cup softened butter and spread the buns with butter and toast on the back part of the grill until golden brown. Put burgers on bun and top with four fresh spinach leaves and they are ready to serve!


My friends, Howard and Jeanette were a great inspiration to me. They encourage me to enter and gave me some great ideas. We had more fun testing and eating various creations! We all agreed that this burger is moist and delicious and not that hard to make. Thanks again, Judith