RECIPES: Recipe Details
Good-quality meats and cheeses, topped with a rich tomato sauce, make this burger a mouthwatering alternative to the classic Italian dish. Sandwich it all between two slices of garlic bread, and Mama Mia, your meal is complete!
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup Sutter Home GewÃ¼rztraminer wine
1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning herb blend
3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground sirloin
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
12 slices Italian bread
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
To make the tomato sauce: Place the oil in a large, heavy fire-proof saucepan and set on the grill rack. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine and Italian seasoning. Simmer, stirring frequently, for 20-25 minutes, or until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup. Loosely cover the sauce with aluminum foil to keep warm and set aside.
To make the Ricotta topping: Combine the Ricotta, lemon pepper and salt in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the patties: Combine the sirloin, sausage, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, handling as little as possible. Shape into 6 patties to fit the bread size.
When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook until the bottoms are brown, about 4-6 minutes. With a spatula, turn the patties over and cook an additional 4-6 minutes, or until done to preference (internal temperature of 160 degrees F). During the last few minutes of grilling, top each patty with a slice of mozzarella cheese and an equal portion of the Ricotta topping until mozzarella is melted. Lightly brush each side of the bread with equal portions of the olive oil. Rub the cut sides of the garlic over each side of the bread. Place the bread on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast. Then turn bread over to toast other side.
To assemble the burgers: Layer one slice of toasted garlic bread with one patty and equal portions of the tomato sauce. Add another slice of toasted garlic bread and serve. Makes 6 burgers