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Taste of Italy burger

We lived in Morgan Hill, California. It is a lovely town, south of San Francisco. We loved its small town appeal and close proximity to San Francisco, Nappa Valley and Monterey. We occasionally would drive to San Francisco to dine in litttle pockets of the city, with such names as Liitle Italy (North Beach) and China Town. We were able to experience the delicious cuisine of far away countries without having to travel very far. In fact, these delicious culinary opportunities inspired the creation of my Taste of Italy Burger. Bon Appetite!


Tomato Bruschetta:
3 medium tomatoes, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
6 Tbsp. Colavita extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper

2 pounds ground chuck
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

vegetable oil

6 slices provolone cheese

6 sour dough rolls, sliced
Colavita olive oil
3 garlic cloves, cut in half


Tomato Bruschetta:
Combine tomatoes,garlic, basil, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit and allow flavors to marry.

Gently combine ground chuck, garlic, dijon mustard, Worchestershire sauce, oregano, and salt. Season with fresh ground pepper. Form 6 patties and set aside.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. When ready, brush grill with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place patties on grill, cover and cook, turning once for approximately 5-7 minutes for medium doneness. Just before removing from grill, place provolone cheese slices and allow to melt with lid closed.Remove and keep warm. Generously brush sour dough rolls on top and bottom with olive oil. Place on edge on edge of grill, toast until lightly brown. Remove from grill and immediately rub each roll generously with the halved garlic cloves.

To assemble,place a patty on the bottom roll, layer with generous amount of tomato bruschetta( include the juice of the buschetta) and top roll. Mangiare!


Biting into the Taste of Italy Burger will produce a fresh burst of flavor! The tomatoes, olive oil and garlic will enhance the juicy burger as the garlicky , crusty roll adds that special crunch. Enjoy with a glass of Pinot Noir.