Southwestern Burgers & Potatoes

From the start of our relationship I've always arrived home from work before Victoria, so usually I'm the one who's in charge of preparing the evening meal. However as a result of our recent, move Victoria has been working from home a lot and I was commuting back and forth from North Jersey due to my job so I haven't had a chance to be in control of a dinner from start to finish in the new diggs. I started a new job on Tuesday so yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time in about a month that I was able to cook dinner for the two of us. I figured with the new blog this would be a great chance to document the making of meal and share a recipe that I assembled via the Internet with all of you. So let's give it a shot!

Disclaimer, I am in no way shape or form a cook or a good one at that so really this is more me documenting a meal that I made as opposed to me telling you that this is an amazing recipe and you should make it yourself.

More often than not cooking here is like being on a Food Network show. You're given a main ingredient and a vegetable or two, and you have to use whatever spices, ingredients, and or magic you have available in the kitchen. So the direction I wanted to take this meal was primarily based off the fact that we were making burgers and they were going to include ground bison. The first thing I could think of after hearing Bison was to think of the Southwest. That led me down the rabbit hole of searching the internet for a Southwest burger seasoning recipe. we had some potatoes in the fridge as well so I figured why not give them the Southwestern treatment too.

½ teaspoon chili powder    ½ teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika    ¼ teaspoon ground cumin    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes    salt and fresh black pepper    honey    olive oil

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt and fresh black pepper

honey

olive oil

The potatoes were simple. I placed them whole on a baking sheet and covered them with olive oil, honey and all of the seasonings listed above. I Placed them in the oven at 450 degrees and set a timer for 45 minutes... I attacked the burgers next

1/2 teaspoons ground cumin  1/2 teaspoons dried oregano  1/2 teaspoons garlic powder  3/4 teaspoon ground coriander  3/4 teaspoon chili powder  3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika  1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke  1 egg  black pepper  salt

1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon ground coriander

3/4 teaspoon chili powder

3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

1 egg

black pepper

salt

For the burgers we had  a mixture of ground bison and ground beef. Next, I mixed in all the spices and a teaspoon of Liquid Smoke. I also tossed in an raw egg, similar to what you would do if you were making meatballs. I then channeled my inner Play-Doh skills by shaping them into patties and threw them on the grill.

Cook time depends on what you prefer. Tori likes her burgers well done. I like them with a little pink on the inside. To each their own. I like cheese on my burger, so I decided to add a slice of cheddar to mine. We chose to eat or burgers without the bun. You cold totally eat yours with a bun. I don't judge. You could also slather on some barbecue sauce if to so desire. Life is all about experimentation. One thing I do recommend after eating your meal is to take in the sunset (if available) while enjoying some sort of after dinner drink. In this particular case I chose a nice glass of sweaty bourbon. I say sweaty because the glass gets a nice layer of condensation on it from the whole warm air + cold ice combo going on. It also reminds me of an article I once read about my favorite photographer William Eggleston, who conducted a whole interview drinking a glass of "sweaty" bourbon..I digress. What is most important is that you should enjoy every aspect of your meal. From the preparation, to the eating, to the blogging about it for internet points. I've never met a person who wasn't happy about food. It is the one thing that brings us all together. 

- Michael