Happy Friday! Since Monday is Valentine’s Day, myself and the other Ingredient Challenge bloggers decided on a creative theme for next week’s Challenge! Instead of one ingredient like we’ve done in the past, this week we decided on a theme :
Up for this week’s challenge are Dixie Chik Cooks, AndLoveItToo, From the Little Yellow Kitchen and Marci Gilbert. I have 2 ideas and may post about both for an epic Valentine’s Day Ingredient Challenge!
Yesterday for my Food Service & Systems Management class, Anne, Libby, Lauren, Jillian and myself spent the afternoon in the UNC Hospital’s kitchen making special black bean veggie burgers!
One of our assignments this semester is to create a recipe for a potential new dish on the hospital menu, prepare 20 portions of it and then put our dish up against a taste test!
I’ve never made 20 portions of anything at once before. This involved a very large food processor… which I made sure to avoid as much as possible.
Combining all of the ingredients even meant some of the girls had to team up!
Here is Libby rinsing the beans, in the largest strainer I’ve ever seen in my life. She totally rocks that hairnet, doesn’t she?
We were able to fit all of the ingredients into the food processor at once.
Once it was all blended, Anne and I formed the 20 patties. We weighed out 4 oz. of veggie batter to make each burger.
Then we headed to the grill! I learned the secret to nice grill marks on your burgers:
- A very hot, slightly oiled grill
- Turning the burger 90 degrees after a couple of minutes to get a nice crisscross
Cooking 20 burgers at once was definitely a team effort!
I manned the grill for a bit. Since it’s obvious I’m a danger to myself in the kitchen, does it surprise you that I managed to get a little too close to the heat and melted my plastic apron onto myself? I scare myself sometimes.
In the end, the veggie burgers were a huge hit! The Head Chef said the recipe would need to be tweaked a little (maybe add a little cheese into the mix for a little more bite and leave some of the beans whole) but he thinks it could do well on the menu! There were about 10 taste-testers, not including the girls and I, so we each got to take one home!