I always have a bottle of liquid smoke in my refrigerator. Why? Hickory or mesquite, both are amazing and add tremendous flavor in one small shot (like 1 teaspoon). I like the simple ingredient list: water, natural smoke flavor (mesquite or hickory), vinegar, molasses and caramel color. The hickory has a little added salt, but just 10 mg of sodium per teaspoon. These are all-natural ingredients that truly catapult a meal without changing good nutritional numbers (many times, a smoky, BBQ flavor means lots of added salt). Check out how I use liquid smoke to jazz up these burgers. Enjoy these tonight and then experiment by adding liquid smoke to your favorite chicken, beef, pork and shellfish recipes.
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When I think of college fast-food runs, no memory is complete without including the Double R Bar Burger from Roy Rogers: a char-grilled beef burger with melted cheddar and thinly-sliced deli ham. For greater perfection, I always added tons of pickles. Just writing about it makes me salivate.
These days, when the craving for the Double R Bar strikes, two problems occur. One, the burger isn’t available nationwide. Two, when you DO find it, you’re faced with a sandwich that has 549 calories, 27 grams of fat (11 of which are saturated) and 1349 milligrams of sodium. The calories might not seem horrific, but that explains my unquenchable thirst. And as if that’s not enough, there’s even a Double Double R Bar Burger with 876 calories, 49 grams of fat (20 saturated) and 1997 milligrams of sodium (a good year, not a good number for salt).
Happily, I created a similarly fabulous burger in the comfort of my own home. I used ground turkey instead of beef and cut the sodium in the ham and the fat in the cheese. Here’s the best part: I tested the recipe on a bunch of 10 year old boys (at my house for a sleepover). They all demanded seconds!
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