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The Mortadella Burger

Now what to do with the mortadella I made a few days ago? Normally it is used sliced as a cold cut or as a part of an antipasti platter, it is also wondeful cubed along with an apertif. But mortadella can also be fried which makes it a great hot snack.

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I am not really a fan of classic burgers (of the ground meat kind) because I prefer my steak whole. But you can make a very nice quick “burger” with a thick slice of mortadella and a few other ingredients.

Ingredients (for two burgers):

  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 2 slices of mortadella, 1 cm thick, cut to fit the rolls
  • 1 handful of rocket
  • 1 piece of parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)

Preparation:

Blend together tomato paste, honey and vinegar in a small bowl, adjust proportions if you prefer them differently. Add salt and pepper to taste and a bit of cayenne pepper if you like.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the mortadella slices on both sides until they have a light brown and crisp surface. Blend a bit of the oil into the sauce.

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Cut the rolls in halves, spread some sauce on the bottom half so the pores are nicely soaked, then cover with rocket. Place a mortadella slice on top and spread a little more sauce onto the sausage. Top generously with parmesan shavings using a slicer. Finally put the top half of the roll on top.

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