And so, the guilt set in. And with that guilt, came a lot of frantic wheel-spinning on my part to make our home life one great, big, perpetual fun fest. Basically, I became Mini-SGCC's number one playmate. We played Barbies. We played dress-up. We did art projects. We set up a teepee in the middle of the living room and "camped out". Sometimes, we just ran round the house, dancing and shrieking like banshees, because we could. It was great! I got to relive my childhood all over again, only this time, I made the rules. I got to do all of the things I was never allowed to do the first time around! Occasionally, Mr. SGCC would join in, but usually he'd just roll his eyes, grab the remote and hide out in the other room.
One of the fun things we would do, usually on a weekend, is have "Theme Night". We would pick a theme, decorate the kitchen and have a whole meal dedicated to it. Usually our themes would be based upon a particular movie that we were going to watch that night. On one particular night, we chose Disney's Lilo and Stitch as our theme. You remember that one. It's about a lonely little Hawaiian girl who adopts an ugly stray "dog" that she names Stitch. The dog turns out to actually be a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Pandemonium ensues, until Lilo tames Stitch by teaching him the true meaning of love and family. Awww! Anyway, Lilo and Stitch led to the discovery of a recipe that has become one of our all time favorite dishes here in SGCC-land - Pacific Rim Burgers with Ginger Mayonaise.
Holy Moly! WHAT THE HELL WAS I WAITING FOR!?!?!
Pacific Rim Burgers start with a base of ground chicken, to which you add some spicy good stuff. They are glazed with a honey-teriyaki mixture and either grilled or seared in a pan. Then, the burgers are smothered with an utterly magical ginger-based mayo, topped with crunchy, fresh cucumbers and served on toasted sesame seed buns. These burgers are so moist, flavorful and delicious that you will forget you're eating ground chicken. Honest! I swear! You'll never miss the beef!
By the way, my daughter is fourteen now, and we still enjoy having "Theme Night". The movies we choose now are a little more sophisticated, but we still have the same silly, goofy fun. Oh, and Mini-SGCC has finally realized that being an only child has its advantages. You get lots more stuff and you don't have to share!
Pacific Rim Burgers with Ginger Mayonnaise
Adapted from Kristine Snyder and The Food Network
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish
1 clove garlic, minced (I use 2 cloves.)
1 teaspoon Asian hot chili sauce (I use Sambal Oelek and add 2 teasoons!)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup bottled teriyaki glaze
4 teaspoons honey (I use 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus extra for hands
4 sesame buns, split and toasted
1 seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced very thinly
Ginger Mayonnaise (recipe follows)
In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, panko, egg, green onions, chopped cilantro, garlic, chili sauce, and salt. With oiled hands, form mixture into 4 patties.
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Kitchen Sink Asian Slaw
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup diced mango
1/2 cup thinly slicd kumquats
1 cup ginger slaw dressing
juice of 1/2 lime
1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce to taste
chopped cilantro for garnish
If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy:
Chicken Apple Bacon Burgers from Culinary in the Country
Ultimate Veggie Burger from 101 Cookbooks
Spicy Grilled Turkey Burger with Cole Slaw from Simply Recipes
Cindy's Famous Duck Burgers from Married...with Dinner
Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Mayonaise from Family Style Food
Asian Salmon Burgers from Steamy Kitchen