A dry (and briefly sunny) day made grilling dinner on a week night more appealing than it has been in recent weeks, and since we’re still making a concerted effort to eat down the freezer this month and the single largest space hog in the freezer right now is ground elk, it only made sense to grill burgers. We’re making good progress on the freezer, so much so that there’s an entirely empty shelf now! The last time that happened was before this elk found its way into our freezer more than a year ago, and it’s been a good exercise to utilize what we have in there before buying new stuff (which I realize should be obvious, but I have a bad habit of buying more food when we already have more than enough at the house).
These were pretty straightforward burgers, topped with roasted green chiles and some Beechers’ cheese, with roasted potatoes on the side. Not enough to fool us into thinking summer is just around the corner, but nice to have a taste of summer in January. I’m particularly proud of the buns, made from the starter I’ve had going for a month or so now, and the perfect combination of crispy and soft.
Sources for this week’s dinner:
Peppers from Tonnemaker Hill Farm, Royal City, WA, by way of the freezer
Cheese from Beechers, Seattle, WA
Elk burger from the freezer
Potatoes from our garden, by way of our basement cold storage
Garlic from Filaree Garlic Farm, Okanogan, WA
Flour from Fairhaven Mill, Bellingham, WA
Exceptions: olive oil, salt, pepper, yeast
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