WEST Kitchen – Wonton burgers – Spring 2020 Week 2

Written by
Diana
on January 15, 2020

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites from nomnompaleo.com. Check her out if you haven’t yet; she’s SPOT ON with asian (and other) flavors while using whole ingredients and mostly following a paleo diet. LOVE HER. The full recipe including demo video is here – (https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/03/20/2017032020170320wonton-meatballs)

My family goes insane over these burgers; even my small kiddos gobble them up. Can you envision knocking the socks off of your summer BBQ with these? Note, if you don’t like shrimp, you can easily skip that ingredient, just increase the amount of ground pork to maintain the same volume.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ ounce dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • ½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (you can also use soy sauce, but don’t add salt if you use it)
  • (optional) ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Ghee or cooking fat of choice
  • 1 scallion, sliced on the bias (optional garnish)
  • Sriracha (optional)

Method:
1. Hydrate dried mushrooms in warm water for several hours if possible. Squeeze out the water, pat dry with paper towel and finely chop.
2. Finely chop the shrimp until you have a chunky paste
3. Transfer shrimp to a mixing bowl and add the pork, mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro
4. Add coconut aminos (or soy sauce), salt, fish sauce, white pepper and sesame oil
5. Mix it all together with your hands until it is uniform
6. Form into patties; size of your choice. Sliders or regular burger. In my experience, this recipe makes 6 adult size burgers.
7. Grill or cook in a skillet with the cooking fat of your choice. You can also place them under the broiler of the oven for 4-5 minutes per side. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. Internal temp should be 160 F.

(These were so good that I forgot to take a picture!)

Homework
Since I love nomnompaleo.com and I am actually making two of her recipes today, check out the website and find a recipe that you would like and make it. Come back next week and tell us all about it.

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