A Good Idea That Didn't Work So Well

Last night I had burgers on the menu for dinner. I was feeling a little creative and decided to make “Inside Out” burgers with the toppings on the inside. I had seen Rachael Ray do this on her show and I looked up a few recipes, so I wasn’t flying completely blind here. I combined a few different recipes that I found and went to work.

1 – 1.5 pounds ground beef (or half ground turkey)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tsps paprika
1 TBSP worchestershire (I use Lea & Perrins)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

I mixed all ingredients, except the cheese, together in a bowl. I then formed thin patties and placed a bit of cheese on each patty, then another small patty on top. I sealed those patties around the cheese. I placed the burgers on my George Forman grill and let them cook. When I went to get the burgers, all of the cheese had been squeezed out! LOL! So, back to the drawing board I go. First, I think that I need to have crumbled bacon in the inside along with the cheese. Second, I think that these burgers would do much better cooked either on a grill that doesn’t “smash” them or in a pan. I am now seeming to recall reading in RR’s recipe that you shouldn’t press the burgers down into the pan. I think that I am seeing the reason for this now. 😉

As for the flavor of the burgers, they were really good. Jon commented several times on how good they were. I put some cheese on top of his & Hannah’s burger, so they weren’t missing anything and didn’t realize the faux pas. This is why Aaron doesn’t like when I try new recipes on company. Thankfully we didn’t have company last night, but his “lecture” about my making new dishes on Thanksgiving was in the back of my head. 🙂

So, now that I know, I will be making these again, with bacon and in a pan or outside on our grill, weather permitting.

Wal-Mart & Gluten-Free Shopping

I was never a big fan of Wal-Mart before going gluten-free, but I can’t help but shop there now, at least for certain items. We do our main weekly grocery shopping at Meijer, mainly b/c they have low prices and they double coupons and DH is a big fan of that. 😉 He is my coupon King. I go to Wal-Mart for my generic drugs, just can’t beat the prices. I also go for some toiletries and some of the Great Value brand items. A huge positive of the Great Value brand is that they clearly mark tons of their stuff “Gluten-Free” on the label. I am a huge supporter of companies that make my life easier and also offer those items at competitive prices. The chicken broth is $1.48 for a quart. Another bonus? I can’t eat onions, onion powder or any derivative and the Great Value Chicken Broth has no onion in it! Most other broths, even GF, contain some kind of onion flavoring. They also have my all-time favorite peanut butter, Dark Chocolate Dreams, made by Peanut Butter & Co for $3.56!! OH.MY.GOSH. That is a steal! Shhhhh….don’t tell the peeps at Wal-Mart that! Oh, they also have Rice Chex cereal for $1.66/box! Need I say more?

Okay, onto why I am writing this post. Aside from the Great Value brand being labeled GF or the other mainstream GF items, Wal-Mart has not had much in the way of GF specialty items. Last year they added a version of Gluten-Free Pantry’s Muffin Mix & Brownie Mix for under $3.00/each. That is a nice deal. Muffins are good. I have a box of the brownies to try in my pantry that I haven’t got around to yet. Yesterday, my neighbor told me that they now have a GF section at Wal-Mart. WOOHOO!! I had to head up there today to check it out. I have to say that I was impressed. Not only is there a section in the baking aisle, but there were some Pamela’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies in the cookie section, along with some Mi-Del GF cookies. In the pasta section, they had 2 varieties of DeBole’s GF Rice Pasta, penne & spaghetti. I also found Envirokids Bars in the clearance section for $2.35/box. Now, for the baking mixes, here is what I saw:

Pamela’s Chocolate Cake
Pamela’s Pancake & Baking Mix (a personal fav)
Kinnickinnick Mixes (several different kinds, including pancake & waffle mix)
Bob’s Red Mill Mixes (about 10 different kinds, including bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)

Wow. I am sure that you can identify what a joy this is to have items like this in a mainstream store. Not only does it make it easier to eat when you are away from home, but it offers more competitive prices on some of these very $$ items.

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