I think one of the best ways to get your kiddos to expand their taste bud horizons is through making them food that's similar to things they already love. The biggest hurdle is getting them to taste the food so if you can make it look familiar, then they might just go for it.
Lillian is a bit of a hamburger fiend. The kid loves them. So the other night when I made lamb burgers for dinner, I didn't bother clarifying that they were made out of lamb until after she had eaten it.
I may have also told her one time that her salmon was "pink chicken." Total lie? Yes. Yes, it was. But she tried it and now it's the first thing she eats on her plate when I cook salmon.
My mom morals might need a bit of evaluating.
I combine a pound of ground lamb with minced garlic, rosemary and salt. And usually black pepper but I ran out and forgot to get any more before I made this.
Actually, I've been to the grocery store twice since then and I still haven't remembered to buy pepper. Somehow, we're making it through this crisis.
Then I divide it into four patties. So 1/4 lb. burgers. And I recently learned from Real Simple (I think) that if you press your thumb into the center of the burger, it will cook evenly and not get bulky in the middle.
It totally works.
Grill up the lamb burgers and just before removing them from the grill, top with harvarti cheese.
Or brie. Or mozzarella. Or monterey jack. Or whatever kind of cheese makes you happy.
Layer on your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Garlic Rosemary Lamb Burgers
Yields 4 servings
1 lb. ground lamb
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
salt and pepper
4 slices harvarti cheese
4 hamburger buns
Toppings such as tomato, lettuce, onion, etc.
In a bowl combine lamb, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Divide meat into four equal-sized balls and pat into hamburgers. Cook on a preheated grill, skillet or grill pan for about five minutes. Flip and cook for another five minutes or until cooked through. Just before the burgers are finished cooking, top with cheese and cook for another minute or two so the cheese can melt.
Serve on buns with your favorite toppings and enjoy!