Some time around February in New York, I got a little claustrophobic, a little sick of the cold, and a little nostalgic for a grill and some personal space.
I figured I had the most control over the grilling aspect, so I tried mimicking a cilantro cream sauce I had at JoeDoe, threw together a carrot mango slaw I’d seen frequently at Westside Market, and then sauteed some teriyaki and mango infused burgers on the stovetop. Not ideal, but paired with a few beers it was a nice wintry mix of summer color:
This probably looks way better than it was; I found both garnishes a little bland that night. And at JoeDoe, you’d be dipping cheese curds in that cilantro sauce. It’s only downhill from there.
A little disappointed in the burgers, something funny happened the next night when I channelled my inner taco truck. Maybe there was less interference from a wheat bun, or maybe the flavors in the slaw and the cilantro sauce needed a night to bond; whatever it was, when I turned this stuff into tacos it got way tastier:
Due to the fact that I made this months ago with a hunch for a recipe, this will probably amount to the least helpful instructional toolkit of all time. But you’ll at least find the building blocks for something colorful …
Ingredients (that I recall)
This was a basic look at what I had. The cabbage only came into play during taco time.
- Greek yogurt
- Salt and pepper
I think that’s pretty much what happened. Put them in a food processor, mix them up. Someone should comment on what else should have gone into this.
- Sesame seeds
- Sesame oil
Shred your carrots. I like mine finely shredded, so that they almost melt in your mouth. Mix everything up in a bowl and you’re good, the more time this stuff has to sit, the better.
Mango-infused Teriyaki Burgers (y tacos!)
- Ground beef
- Teriyaki-ish sauce
- Mango pit
- Mango chunks
- Whatever spices you have laying around
The mango-infused part is true the same way that water-infused Gatorade is true – it’s there, just not sure you can really taste it. I mean, I did try – I rolled the ground beef around in the mango pit and added some leftover finely chopped mango pieces. Every once in a while I guess I tasted something fruity in the beef patty.
This stuff really took off with tacos though – I think the flavor of the meat was a little more front and center in the tacos with just a heated corn tortilla around for distraction.
Green onion and mushroom topping
- Green onions
Sautee. Use as topping for your burger or your tacos. If you have some leftover put it in an omelette in the morning …
- Always a good idea.