Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ramen Jerk Burger

 A ground beef burger flavored with jerk seasoning. Traditional buns placed with RAMEN NOODLES. Topped with lettuce, tomato, crab meat and a red pepper dressing with a little kick to it.
I mean...really!?!?




There's something interesting occurring in the culinary world. It's pretty remarkable...and unbelievable. I didn't believe it myself. I tried it. I loved it. 

My first blog post was called "No More Ramen". I pretty much vowed to never eat ramen again. Fast forward about three months and ramen is on the stovetop again. HOWEVER...it's for a valid reason. 

The new craze I mentioned is something called a Ramen Noodle Burger. Someone whom I consider family (Spencer), showed me an article and simply told me to make it happen. 

So here I am...making it happen. It's not a difficult concept and when you add some special items to it like I did, you can't go wrong!  Enjoy.

Special shout-out to Shannon again for taking the pictures!



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Ramen Jerk Burger


Ingredients

1 pack of Ramen Noodles
1 Egg- lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Red Pepper Dressing:
1/8 cup Mayonnaise 
1 Scallion (Green Onion) - thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Roasted Red Pepper from a jar –          minced, drained
1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 tablespoon Ketchup
1/2 tablespoon Hot Chili Sauce (such as Sriracha)

Jerk Seasoning:
¼ cup Ground Jamaican Allspice
4 garlic Cloves
¼ cup Brown Sugar
½ tablespoon Ground Thyme
3 Habanero Peppers
3 Scallions (Green Onion) - chopped
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
Salt & Black Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce

Jerk Burger
1/2 lb Ground Beef
1 teaspoon Jerk Seasoning
1 tablespoon Crab Meat – chopped and seasoned with 1-tablespoon Old Bay
Slice of Tomato
Slice of Lettuce

Directions
           
1.     Prepare the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
2.     Combine all of the jerk ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
3.     Cook the ramen per the package instructions. Drain the noodles and set aside.
4.     Season the ground beef with jerk seasoning.
5.     Mold the ground beef into a patty.
6.     Heat up a grill or skillet over medium heat.
7.     Cook the burger for roughly 15 minutes per side.
8.     While the burger is cooking, mix the drained ramen with the beaten egg.
9.     Divide the drained noodles into two “bun sized” ramekin dishes.
10.  Wrap the dishes with plastic wrap. THEN, lightly press the plastic wrap against the noodles to help the noodles firm up.
11.  Place a can of soup (or any can) on top of the plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
12.  After 20 minutes, pour the olive oil onto a small skillet and heat up over medium-low heat.
13.  Take off the plastic wrap from the ramekin dishes, and carefully turn over/dump the ramen onto the skillet.
14.  Sautee for about 7 minutes per side.

15.  Build the sandwich as follows from the bottom up: Ramen bun, burger patty, lettuce, tomato, crab meat, red pepper dressing, ramen bun.