Low Carb Cuban Style Burger

April 18, 2017
Low Carb Cuban Style Burger

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Low Carb Cuban Style Burger

 

One of my all time favorite sandwiches is the Cuban Sandwich, a delicious combination of ham, pork, swiss, pickles and mustard on grilled bread. However, as a “Low Carber”  the bread is off the table. But, I have found a way to get much of the great taste just without the bread. Not only does my Low Carb Cuban Burger taste great, it is extremely easy to put together.

The traditional Cuban sandwich starts with roast pork. I opted to make pork burgers for instead. The package of ground pork I purchased weighed 1.25 lbs and was perfect for making four burgers. Once the pork was pattied, I added a sprinkle of salt and pepper. These patties were then grilled for approximately 10 minutes at 450 degrees, flipping once.

After I flipped my burgers, I added sliced spiral ham (leftover from Easter), cheddar cheese (this is what I had. However, I prefer Swiss), and pickles. This gave the ham time to heat and the cheese time to melt.

Low Carb Cuban Style Burger

*Cooking time may vary based on your grill and the thickness of your burgers. It is important to cook ground pork to an internal temperature of 160 according to:  https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html

Prior to putting my pork burgers on the grill, I whipped up a sauce to serve with them. I simply combined dijon mustard with mayonnaise, and a little hot pepper relish.

Obviously, if you are not concerned about your carb intake, these would be amazing on a fresh role. However, if you are eating low carb like me, these certainly are not lacking in flavor. One bite and my husband was raving about them. I have to say, I love a recipe that receives rave reviews with such little effort.

If you decide to give this Low Carb Cuban Style Burger recipe a try, I would love to hear what you think!

Happy Cooking and Eating!

Gina Ritchie

 

 

 

 

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Low Carb Cuban Style Burger
Low Carb Cuban Burger
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Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
10-15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
10-15 Minutes
Low Carb Cuban Style Burger
Low Carb Cuban Burger
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
10-15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time
10-15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Patty pork burgers (about 1/3 lb each).
  2. Lightly salt and pepper patties.
  3. Place 8 slices of ham, 4 slices of cheese, and pickles on a plate.
  4. Preheat grill to 450 degrees.
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  5. Once the grill hits 450, place your burgers on it. Flip after 5 minutes.
  6. After flipping your burgers, add two slices of ham to each one.
  7. After a minute or two, add cheese and allow to melt.
  8. Top with pickles. Remove from grill. (Be sure burgers are cooked all the way through for safety.)
  9. Add desired condiments. Serve.
    Low Carb Cuban Style Burger
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Crustless Kielbasa Caramelized Onion Pepper Quiche

April 18, 2017
Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and Pepper Quiche

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Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and

Pepper Quiche

Crustless Kielbasa Caramelized Onion Pepper Quiche

As always, I made to much food on Easter. Now, I am coming up with new recipes to use them up. One of the foods leftover happens to be kielbasa. So, why not make a quiche?

After surveying what I had available in my kitchen, I decided to caramelize some onions and fry up some peppers to add to the quiche. And for cheese, I selected cheddar.

Caramelizing Onions

This is a simple recipe. However, caramelizing the onions does take time.  A heavy cast iron pan works great for this job. Once the pan is hot, I add a combination of olive oil and butter. Next, the onions are added. They will take about 45-50 minutes over medium low heat to caramelize and will need to be stirred about every 5 minutes. This process does take time, but the sweet flavor they add to dishes is amazing. You can also make larger batches and freeze them for later use.Caramelized Onions

At the end of the caramelizing process, add a little vinegar, broth, or beer to deglaze the pan and scrape up those browned bits. If you would like more detailed information about caramelizing onions, check out the following link:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-caramelize-onions-35933

Once my onions were caramelized, I removed them from the pan and added my red peppers. I allowed them to fry for about 10-15 minutes. At this point they were soft and the edges were starting to brown.

Assembling Your Quiche

The rest comes together quickly. Grease a pie dish and spread your onions and peppers in the bottom of the pan. Next, chop your kielbasa and add it to the pie pan followed by a cup and a half of cheddar. Beat 5 eggs with a half cup of cream and pour over your filling. Great!

Baking

You are now ready to place your quiche in an oven preheated to 350. The quiche should take about 45 minutes to bake. Once it has been in the oven for 40 minutes sprinkle the remaining half cup of cheese over the top. Allow it to bake until the cheese is melted and the center of your quiche is set.

Serving Suggestions

Are you wondering what to serve with your quiche? It goes great with a simple side salad or a few slices of melon. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Cooking and Eating!

Gina Ritchie

 

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Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and Pepper Quiche
Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and Pepper Quiche
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and Pepper Quiche
Crustless Kielbasa, Caramelized Onion, and Pepper Quiche
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Trim the ends of your onion, cut them in half, and peel the skin.
  2. Slice onion halves so that the slices are approximately 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Turn burner to medium low heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan (enough to lightly cover the bottom).
  4. When your butter has melted, add your onions and stir. Check onions every 5 minutes. They should take about 45 minutes. (Picture: Onions at 30 minutes).
    Caramelized Onions
  5. Remove onions from pan and add sliced red pepper. Allow to fry over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes. They should be soft and starting to brown.
  6. Cut you kielbasa into small pieces.
  7. Grease pie pan.
  8. Spread layer of onions and peppers on the bottom of greased pan. Add in kielbasa and top with 1 1/2 cups of cheese.
  9. Beat five eggs with a half cup cream. Pour over filling.
  10. Place in oven preheated to 350.
  11. At 40 minutes, sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over top and bake until the cheese is melted and the middle is set. (45-50 minutes).
    Kielbasa Caramelized Onion Pepper Quiche
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