I seem to have "Fresh, Hot, Small, Square"* on the brain these days.
Which is funny - because, in spite of me claiming to be such a good Southern girl, I have eaten at a Krystal exactly once in my life.
It was in 1991, in Valdosta, Georgia. I was not impressed - which made me a little sad.
I wanted to like it...
I've also only ever eaten at a White Castle once in my life, too. It was later in the 90's, in Indiana. I was on my way home from GeekyMom's wedding, and to be honest all I really remember about WC was getting to try Big Red.
What can I say, I am a sucker for regional soft drinks.
But that's a topic for another day.
I'm digressing, and what I wanted to talk about was dinner...
I was having a dilemma. I was in the mood to cook. I was in the mood to eat. So what was the problem? I was also in one of those annoying moods where absolutely everything sounded gross. I couldn't think of one. single. thing. that sounded good to eat.
I looked through my compilation of our family's favorite recipes.
I trolled through my big folder of recipes I've collected with the intention of "trying someday."
I browsed CookingLight.com, Epicurious.com, and any other recipe site I've ever bookmarked in my life.
Nil. Nada. No help.
I was just about to give up and ask Bubba if we could go out to dinner (except I couldn't think of a single place that I wanted to go...) when I started reading something interesting at Never Trust a Skinny Chef.
William (the owner of NTaSC) had written a post on what he called "Lite Castle Burgers." And it was a really beautifully written post, too. His glowing description of the marriage of meat and bun, onion and cheese was the first thing that piqued my interest all day. He made it sound good... (and keep in mind, that was no easy feat, given my "everything is yukky" frame of mind!)
So mini-burger it was.
Boy, oh boy - am I grateful to William for introducing me this recipe - it is fabulous! It got three thumbs up from our household. This one's going to be a keeper around here...
I did a few things slightly differently** than he did - I rolled the meat out very thinly between wax paper sheets, sprinkled it with the Montreal Steak Seasoning, and then folded the meat in half so the seasoning got sandwiched in the middle.
Then I rerolled the meat to thin it out a bit again, and cut it into 12 squares. Mainly because I had 12 of the King's Hawaiian dinner rolls (they come 12 to a package) and I like things to come out evenly. I'm all OCD that way...
In addition to the King's Hawaiian rolls, I used Kraft Singles Sharp Cheddar, and sauteed up some Vidalia onion - then I layered it all together with just a smear of mayonnaise. It really was a fantastic mingling of flavors.
I served the cute little mini-burgers with some baked French Fries (gotta to love the Ore-Idas, and if they're good enough for Rachael Ray, they're good enough for me!) and some fruit (you know, so it'd be healthy...)
Schecky and Bubba have both taken the leftover burgers to school/work for lunch, and even leftover, they still get a good review!
*See "Valentine's Recap"
**So - if you're counting WW points, my total would be different than his...