Food for Thought
Join FM90’s Gretchen Gondek for “Food 4 Thought” Friday afternoons at 12:10 preceding “Friday Film Scores” on KWIT-KOJI.
A variety of local topics are discussed ranging from recipes, organically grown foods, food fundraisers and restaurants to food safety and preparing healthy meals.
Guests from the community are regularly featured on the show with Gretchen.
Cabernet Balsamic Burgers with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions
5 tsp. olive oil, divided
4 cups thinly sliced red onion
1 ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme
½ cup cabernet sauvignon or other dry wine
¾ tsp. balsamic vinegar
¾ tsp. salt, divided
8 oz. pkg. sliced mushrooms
1 ½ pounds ground sirloin
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 oz. blue cheese crumbled, about ¼ cup
6 whole wheat hamburger buns
1 1/2 cup baby arugula
Heat a large non stick pan skillet over medium low heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme; cook 17 minutes or until golden brown and very tender, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to medium-high; add wine,vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for six minutes or until the liquid almost evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove onion mixture from pan.
Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Adding the remaining 3 teaspoons of oil to the pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté for eight minutes or until mushrooms brown and liquid mostly evaporates.
Pre heat grill to medium-high heat. Coarsely chop 1 cup onion mixture into beef. Divide the beef mixture into 6 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1 inch thick patty. press a nickel-sized indentation into each patty. Sprinkle the patties with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 4 minutes on each side or until done.
Combine mayonnaise blue cheese and garlic in a bowl and mash well with a fork. Spread the tops halves of buns evenly with mayonnaise mixture. arrange 1/4 cup arugula on bottom half of each bun; top each bottom with 1 patty about two tablespoons of remaining onion mixture about 1/4 cup of mushrooms and top half of bun.