Beef Sliders with Mint Aioli Sauce and Jicama Fries

Hi everyone.  I have another recipe dedicated to Saint Patrick’s Day.  Ok you caught me – Beef Sliders are not traditional Irish fare but I made a “GREEN” mint aioli sauce to go with it.  I get points for the sauce.

This was a an easy slider recipe full of beef, cheese and sauce!  This recipe is perfect for  a simple weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy.  Best of all – kids like it because they get to eat green burgers and dip their fries in green sauce.

I paired the beef sliders with jicama fries.  Why?  Well, I read an article about 10 non-potato french fries alternatives and I decided to make every alternative on the list.  I accepted the challenge, even though no one challenged me.

Jicama fries are super easy to make and actually taste great.  I made Yuca Fries a couple of weeks back and they did not turn out that great (in my opinion).  If anyone has a good recipe let me know and I will try again.

I had fun meal planning around Saint Patrick’s Day.  Now my kids feel I should inject color in every meal. I am not sure how I will be able to live up to this standard.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 medium jicama
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef, formed into patties

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees. Peel jicama and cut into fries. Transfer jicama slices in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place fries in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy, turning halfway.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers in the hot skillet until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Flip burgers and cook 3 minutes on other side. Remove burgers and put on a plate to rest.
  3. In a mixer, add mayonnaise, mint, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and process all ingredients until blended.  Spoon a dollop of aioli onto each bun. Place burgers onto buns, season with pepper, and top with optional ingredients (tomato, cheese, lettuce, and pickles).
  4. Close buns and serve with fries and mint aioli sauce.

Watch this video for more insight into this meal.

Dinner Review: It’s A Southern Thing Kitchen and Bar, Durham, NC

I love cooking and creating fast, kid-friendly meals during the week.  On the weekends, however, I like to eat out and try different things.  I get a lot of inspiration from local restaurants.  I always try to order something new and different but every once in a while I gravitate toward staples.  This particular evening, my family and I ended up at “It’s a Southern Thing” in Durham.  I love eating in Durham because there are so many great restaurants and this was no exception.

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There were so many things that stood out on the menu.  I decided to get the Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, which was a terrific choice.  My husband got the Smoked Pork Chops.  I wasn’t sure how much the kids were going to eat or how big the portions were, so I ordered a kids burger with fries and let the kids split it.  That actually worked out.  The split portions were just enough for two kids.  The kids will probably talk about me later in life for never letting them have their own meals.

For my meal, they did a great job on my chicken and dumplings.  It was very flavorful.  I must say, that they nailed it.  I sampled my husband’s meal and it was very good and nicely presented.

One of my favorite things was the décor.  The sign coming in was a bit cheesy but it added to the charm.  There was also a nice, relaxed vibe.  The place was full of booths, cushions and wood.  We ate in the overflow room which had a lot of space and was kid-friendly. The service was excellent too! We got tons of check-ins, drink refills, and attention.

I’ll definitely be back – so many temping things on the menu to try next time!  This was definitely an interesting take on southern comfort food.  If you are ever in the Triangle, I highly recommend checking this place out.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Review

I’ve been really good about sticking to my dinner strategies for the last couple of weeks. I planned out my meals, bought my groceries in bulk and made great food with little waste (I still have some cilantro I need to do something with though). After working hard in the kitchen I decided to eat out and have a fun family meal. Eating out, after all, is one of my top dinner strategies.

There are a ton of restaurants in my area and I was really wanting a burger. I was hungry. I had a TOUGH Pure-Barre workout earlier and then I took the kiddos to gymnastics. I worked up an appetite.

I know what you are thinking. All those calories burned are going down the drain with the burger. That’s ok – I’ll work harder next week to count calories.

Since I wanted a burger, my options were limited because we don’t really have many local burger joints. I’m a foodie and generally try to avoid chains but I made an exception because I had no choice. I decided to eat at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. I haven’t wanted burgers in forever so I was a first-time diner. I must admit, the food was good and so was the service. I had a mozzarella burger. It was perfectly cooked and the toppings were great.

The kids had sliders and hotdogs. Their meals were perfect for kids and were brought out fast. I appreciated that because kids can only go so long without food.

All in all, this restaurant satisfied my burger craving. There was a good family friendly vibe and the menu had tons of non-beef and a couple vegetarian options. The food was great, kids were happy and we all got out of the house. If I have any future burger cravings, I’d definitely go back.