Friday, 22 June 2007

IRON CHEF RESIDENCE: Pita Burger

Several weeks ago, a man's fantasy became a reality in a form never seen before: Counter Stadium, a tiny cooking arena in the corner of a student dorm. The motivation for spending his non-existent fortune to create Counter Stadium was to encounter new and original cuisines. To realize his dream, he secretly started choosing the top chefs of various styles of cooking, and he named his men the Iron Chefs. Iron Chef Comfort Food. Iron Chef Fancy. Iron Chef Spicy. What inspiration does today's leftovers bring to the challenger? And how will the Iron Chef fight back? Whose cuisine reigns supreme? The heat will be on!





Allez Cuisine!

The challenger has chosen for today's battle: IRON CHEF COMFORT FOOD in the food battle, ground beef.

PITA BURGER
INGREDIENTS:

  • ground beef (approx 1/2 pound)
  • pita
  • tomato
  • garlic powder
  • worcestershire sauce
  • sweet paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • liquid smoke


CONDIMENTS

  • mayonnaise
  • Cheeze Whiz
  • ranch dressing
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a bowl, mix ground beef and last 6 ingredients on list, form into oval patties
  2. Place patties on grill (in my case, a George Foreman grill), cook to preference
  3. chop tomato
  4. heat pita (over GF grill, oven, microwave etc)
  5. assemble burger, place on condiments, enjoy





For this twist on an old American classic, I was inspired by a Bobby Flay Throwdown, where he battled for burgers with a woman who did a Greek burger using ground lamb and pitas. I liked this Mediterranean theme, but I didn't have lamb, tzatziki or the proper cheese. I only had the pita, ground beef, and a sense of imagination.




The burger itself had a lot of flavour. The liquid smoke, the paprika, the Worcestershire sauce all gave the ground beef something to sing about. I wish I had a good cheddar for the cheese, or even some feta - Cheeze Whiz just seemed too, plastic.

I also put on too much mayo and ranch for dressing - it was good, but at times masked the flavour of the burger. This is the great debate I can often have with food like burgers. I loved the taste of the meat, the seasoning, all on its own. But I also love the additions, the condiments, that which takes a good burger to bigger heights.



For comfort food, this hit the spot. I really like using the pita for buns and would consider it even with a more traditional burger. I would still love to do the Greek burger, but this was certainly an enjoyable dinner.

ICR WINNER: me

2 comments:

Ricky said...

Hey...what does a pita burger have to do with a chicken wing? No, this isn't some joke, it has nothing to do with Chicken wing.. Wingman...you're loosing focus!

Lord of the Wing said...

Dear Guff Giver,

What does a pita burger have to do with a chicken wing? Delicious food. As loyal readers of the blog have read from the first post of the blog reloaded:

"MISSION STATEMENT

The Primary Goal of this Blog is to review Pubs, bars, restaraunts, recipes etc about Chicken Wings - and we are looking for the best chicken wing out there. Along the way, we will look at other menu items at various places, news about wings, and other food related topics, such as suggestions for non-wing lovers and/or veggetarians out there."

So as you can see, while the primary focus of the blog is wings, we offer a variety of resources surrounding food. So in fact, we haven't lost any forcus. Hopefully this clarifies your inquiry and thank you for taking an interest in our blog.