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Mulled Wine Christmas Cheeseburger

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

Mulled wine in a burger… Say what?

Yes, well, if I can’t drink I’m at least eating mulled wine, although it sounds weird 🙂 But seriously, this is the most Christmas flavored burger I’ve ever had. And I can’t tell how beautifully the house smells after simmering the mulled wine for half an hour. It’s like a potpourri, but you can eat it afterwards 🙂

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

I’m all about Christmas this year, which you’ve probably guessed from my previous recipes. I’m like seriously anxiously waiting for the C day. Not sure why, it’s probably the hormones 😛 Anyway, tree is decorated and more cookies will be baked. All I needed is an awesome savory dish that would match the season. First think that came to my mind was mulled wine. I wasn’t sure if I could acually make it into a thick sauce, so I tried. And it was crazy good. It’s like a mulled wine jam.

Which gives me an idea. I should try it with peanut butter. Yeah, I’m gonna try that, you should, too 😀 And tell me if you love it!

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

So, let’s get into details. By now you know mulled wine sauce is the most important ingredient of this Christmas cheeseburger. But it wouldn’t be a cheeseburger without some cheese!! 

I’m using matured cheddar to contrast the sweet sauce. It has just the right saltiness and spiciness to go perfectly with mulled wine. Plus, who doesn’t love cheddar. When I was cutting the slices, I ate one and left one for the burger… my husband is probably wondering, where all the cheddar went 🙂

And of course, we shouldn’t forget the ORANGE. This cheeseburger is simply not so awesome without it, so don’t leave it out. Seriously! Besides the amazing Christmasy flavor it also gives some freshness and juice. Yum!

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

Ok, final thing, then I’m leaving you all alone with the recipe. Which is very simple, I might add.

The buns! For the first time in my life I made pretzel buns. Crazy! I make my own bread all the time, but never really went for pretzels. I found a very easy recipe for pretzel buns by Eat in my kitchen and I love it. Really simple and incredibly tender, so if you feel confident enough to make your own buns, I strongly recommend you to try them.

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast?

I know your dying to try the Christmas burgers with mulled wine sauce, so go for it!

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Mulled Wine Christmas Cheeseburger
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Mulled Wine Sauce
  1. 1 1/2 cup dry or semidry red wine
  2. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  3. 1/4 cup dried sultanas
  4. 1 TBSP honey
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  8. 9 cloves
  9. 1/2 medium-hot chilli, deseeded
  10. orange zest of one orange
Christmas Cheeseburger
  1. 500 g minced beef
  2. 4 pretzel or burger buns
  3. 1 big orange, sliced to 5mm slices, peel removed
  4. 120 g matured cheddar, thinly sliced
  5. big bunch of arugula
  6. salt
  7. pepper
Instructions
  1. Mulled Wine Sauce: Put all ingredients for mulled wine sauce in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Use an immerse blender or a regular blender to thicken the sauce. You don't need to make it completely smooth.
  3. Christmas Cheeseburger: Divide minced beef into 4 and make patties that are slightly larger than the bun.
  4. Heat a pan and add a tablespoon of oil. Fry the patties for about 4 minutes on one side. Turn around, season with salt and pepper and cover with slices of cheddar. Cook for another 4 minutes for a medium burger or for 5-6 minutes for a well done. Cover with lid if the cheese needs some help with melting.
  5. Assembly: Cut the buns in half, spread the mulled wine sauce on the bottom part, add the burger patty, top with arugula and slices of oranges. Cover the burgers and enjoy!
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Use Yor Noodles - Mulled Wine Christmas Cheeseburger

 

All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast? Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!
All the amazing tastes of Christmas in one mulled wine Christmas cheeseburger. Who says Christmas should be celebrated with a roast? Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Autumn Harvest Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Homemade Apple BBQ sauce

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

Anyone else stuck with a whole bunch of apples in the basement and doesn’t know how to use them all?

I’m not much of a fresh apple eater, I’m simply too picky about how I like them. So stacks of sweet semi-rotten apples in the basement donated by our relatives are amost sadly waiting to be eaten.

And oh my god, what to do with all of them?!

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

Like I mentioned several times, I hate throwing food out, so I created a delicious autumn BBQ sauce made with fresh apples. Perfect recipe for using those not-so-good-looking apples.

And hint hint… you can make more and preserve it for later 😉 This recipe yields about 2 cups and is simple to mulitply!

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

I’m practically obessed with pulled pork burger, but it takes time. After seeng how awesomely Jessica from How Sweet It Is used chicken and made pulled chicken sandwich, I was inspired and made my own version with my apple BBQ sauce.

And it is delicious, I’m telling you! Soooooo simple and soooooo good 🙂 The sauce takes some time, but no effort at all.

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

This is like the longest named recipe I’ve probably ever made, it could actually be even longer. But I’ve made myself stop. There’s so much going on here.

The juicy shreded chicken, topped with homemade apple BBQ sauce, freshly cut slaw with apples, carrots and cabbage dressed with hazelnut yoghurt dressing. 

And guess what… the sandwich is topped with some more of the delicious BBQ sauce and chillies. Heaven!

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

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Okay, I’ll stop torturing you. Go ahead and start cooking! 🙂

Autumn Harvest Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Homemade Apple BBQ sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Pulled Chicken
  1. 1 kg boneless chicken thighs
  2. 2 tsp smoked paprika
  3. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp ground mustard seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  6. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp black pepper
Apple BBQ Sauce
  1. 1 TBSP butter
  2. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 4 middle sized apples, chopped into 1-2 cm chunks
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup ketchup
  8. 2 TBSP honey
  9. 1 TBSP Worchestershire sauce
  10. 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. 1/2 tsp ground mustard seeds
  13. 1/2 tsp thyme
  14. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  15. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  16. 1/4 tsp ground ginge
  17. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Apple Slaw
  1. 1 big apple
  2. 1 big carrot
  3. 1/4 big cabbage head
Slaw Dressing
  1. 150 g Greek style yoghurt (about 3/4 cup)
  2. 3 TBSP ground hazelnuts
  3. 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. pinch of black pepper
Additional Ingredients
  1. 6 soft burger buns
  2. chopped parsley
  3. sliced chillies
Instructions
  1. Apple BBQ Sauce: Place a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Add onions and wait for a few minutes to get golden, then add garlic and stir for about a minute. Then add apples, water and apple cider vinegar, cover and reduce to medium heat. Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until apples start getting softer.
  2. Uncover and add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and let gently simmer for about 30 minutes or until most of the apples have fallen apart.
  3. Mix in a blender to get the silky smooth texture.
  4. Pulled chicken: In a big bowl mix all spices together and add chicken thighs. Make sure to coat all the meat with the spice blend.
  5. Place a large pan over high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side (cook time will depend on the thickness of the thighs). Make sure the chicken is cooked through before taking it off the pan.
  6. Transfer it to a clean plate and shred it using forks.
  7. Return the shreded chicken to the same pan you used before and add 1/2 cup of apple BBQ sauce (or more if it seems dry) and cook for a minute.
  8. Apple Slaw: Cut the veggies into thin slices. Mix all ingredients for the dressing together.
  9. Toss the veggies with the dressing.
  10. Assembly: Cut burger buns into half and fill them with pulled chicken and apple slaw. Add more apple BBQ sauce on top and top with chopped parsley and chilly slices.
Notes
  1. This recipe was inspired by Saucy Chicken Sandwiches by How Sweet It Is.
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This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal!

This apple BBQ sauce flavored pulled chicken sandwich topped with crazy delicious apple slaw and hazelnut yoghurt dressing is da deal! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Simple Fish Sliders With Roasted Garlic Sauce

Humble fish sliders with a little twist are the best way to treat your family!

Humble fish sliders with a little twist are the best way to treat your family!

Oh, who am I kidding. They are actually a treat for you. Others can watch and be jealous 😉  And if they behave, they get a bite!

I’m declaring my love to fish. 

I’d choose fish over meat in almost any given situation. They are so tender and delicious. One thing I hate, though, is dry overcooked rubbery fish. Yuck, bring me a glass of water, please!

Humble fish sliders with a little twist are the best way to treat your family!

The beautiful thing about these fish sliders is that you can use any fish you like. This one in the photos is perch, but any white fish or other type would work perfectly.

Ask for a filet and make sure all the bones are out, before cooking it. You don’t want to bite into one. I don’t own a fish bone tweezers, so I use regular tweezers and they work just fine.

Use Your Noodles - Simple Fish Sliders with Roasted Garlic

This is a dish, that takes some time, but basically no effort or special cooking skills… read a book or dance around the house, and in the meantime it’s all cooking. At the end quickly blend the sauce and cook the fish and you’re done. Suuuuper easy! I promise 🙂

I used to be so scared about preparing fish, what if they get stuck on the pan or are undercooked or even soggy. So I avoided making them. But after a few tries, I realised, that they are so easy to work with. Also so much faster to check if they are done or not, than meat. The flaky flesh allows that. 

If you want it to be crispy on the outside, sprinkle with some flour or starch. It will pull out a little moisture from fish and form a really thin layer of batter, which will fry crisp in the pan.

Use Your Noodles - Simple Fish Sliders with Roasted Garlic

Have you ever tried roasted garlic? Before trying these fish sliders, I added separate unpeeled garlic cloves to my roaseted veggies and they turned out o be the most delicios part of the meal.

So I decided to use garlic in a different way. Roast it and make it in a yummy sauce!

I noticed how people are roating whole garlic heads. So, I tried that. Just cut of the top of the garlic head, sprinkle a little oil over, wrap entirely into aluminium foil and roast until it’s soft and fragrant. One of the garlic heads fell apart while I was removing the top, but it roasted as well as the others. 

So, that’s it. The final fun part is squeezing the soft garlic out of the peel.

You can use roasted garlic in many ways. I promise, I’ll do more recipes with it, because it’s awesome!

Use Your Noodles - Simple Fish Sliders with Roasted Garlic

I topped the fish sliders with roasted tomatoes. Again – a little oil, salt and pepper. Throw in the oven and forget about it for half an hour. They add sweetness to the sliders. Top with some mint – I used peppermint, but any would do.

I’m usually the one to complain about lack of crunchiness in burgers, but I’m so into this delicate fish, that I actually prefer not biting into anything hard and spoil the enjoyment 🙂 You can add some chopped nuts or seeds, of course.

Let’s go eat!

 

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Simple Fish Sliders with Roasted Garlic Sauce
Yields 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Roasted garlic sauce
  1. 2 heads of garlic
  2. 1/2 cup crème fraîche or Greek yoghurt
  3. 1 1/2 TBSP lemon juice
  4. 2 tsp olive oil
  5. salt by taste
  6. black pepper by taste
Roasted tomatoes
  1. 120g cherry tomatoes (~2 cherry tomatoes per slider)
  2. 2 tsp olive oil
  3. salt by taste
  4. lack peper by taste
Fish
  1. 400 g white fish filet, cut into 8 square pieces
  2. 3 TBSP any flour
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. black pepper to taste
Fish sliders
  1. 8 slider buns
  2. fried fish
  3. roasted garlic sauce
  4. roasted tomatoes
  5. handful mint
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
  2. Roasted garlic sauce: Peel away the outer skin of the heads of garlic. Trim away about 0.5 cm of the top, so all cloves are exposed. Place the two heads on separate alluminium foils, sprinkle the exposed parts with olive oil and wrap in the foil entirely. Roast for 30 - 40 minutes until they are golden and soft.
  3. Roasted tomatoes: Cut cherry tomatoes in half, place them on a baking tray. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss around, to coat them entirely with seasoning. Reduce the oven temperature to 190 °C and roast for about 30 minutes, until they are fragrant and have srunk a little.
  4. Roasted garlic sauce: Squeeze out the soft parts of garlic into a food processor. Add crème fraîche or Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend until the sauce is smooth.
  5. Fish: On a big plate sprinkle the fish with flour, salt and pepper. Move them around the plate, so they get coated on all sides evenly.
  6. Over medium-high heat fry the fish on a tablespoon of oil, 3-4 minutes each sides, depending on the thickness.
  7. Asembly: Cut the buns in half, spread on the sauce, add one fish piece per bun, top with mint leaves and roasted tomatoes. Serve immediately.
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More delicious lunch ideas:

Pizza Stuffed Sweet potatoes

Sardine Pate + Wild Garlic Sandwiches

Turmeric Falafel Wraps

Teriyaki Eggplant With Plum Wine

Humble fish sliders with a little twist are the best way to treat your family!

Use Your Noodles - Simple Fish Sliders with Roasted Garlic