Jamaican You A Cuban Burger-My Saucy Mama Recipe Entry

What a great time it has been creating dishes using Saucy Mama’s Wing Sauce, Salad Dressings and Marinade for their recipe contest. I enjoyed opening and testing, mixing and tasting. Of course the family enjoyed each recipe as well. We did however have a family favorite, the ORANGE HABANERO Wing Sauce. You can find all of their sauces, dressings and more here.

I decided to make a burger. I was inspired by Saucy Mama’s Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce along with the Orange Habanero Wing Sauce. I love Jamaica, my husband and I have been there twice. They have the best zipline in the canopies of Rosehall in Falmouth. The food, the spice, the culture, I love it all.

Saucy Mama's Wing Sauces

Saucy Mama’s Wing Sauces

 

I also enjoy Latin cuisine like Cuban sandwiches. So I thought why not mix them together and make a Cuban burger with all the flavors of Jamaican Jerk throughout. Either way the Caribbean influence is there including green plantains. Have you ever had mofongo? If you haven’t I suggest you try it sometime. It is made with fried green plantains that have been mashed with broth, olive oil, garlic, pork cracklings, and seasoning. Fried green plantains are not a regular sweet banana. They are firmer and starchy. One of my daughters said they taste more like a french fry. They make a great shoestring fry.

So put it all together and there it is…..Jamaican You A Cuban Burger with Almost Mofongo Plantain Shoestring Fries.

Saucy Mama Jamaican You A Cuban Burger

Saucy Mama Jamaican You A Cuban Burger

 

Fresh pineapple and 80/20 ground beef, both brushed with Saucy Mama’s Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce. I grilled mine indoors on my cast iron griddle but an outdoor grill would be great as well.

Grill time

Grill time

 

The sesame seed hamburger buns are not toasted for this recipe but they are spread with a Jamaican Jerk Dijon Mayo on both side.

Jamaican Jerk Dijon Mayo

Jamaican Jerk Dijon Mayo

 

Dips are very important when serving fries. I couldn’t stop with just one so I made two. One is an Orange Habanero Ketchup, a sweet and spicy ketchup. The other is a jerked-up mayo fry dip called Jamaican Jerked-Up Fry Sauce.

Orange Habanero Ketchup and Jamaican Jerked-up Dijon Mayo

Orange Habanero Ketchup and Jamaican Jerked-up Dijon Mayo

 

Peeling green plantains is not like peeling a banana. The peel is tough and takes a little effort to remove it. I make a cut down the length of the plantain and then run it under water while I remove the peel, working my fingers into the peel as I go. I then use one of my favorite kitchen tools, my madoline slicer! I set the plantains aside for the final moment since they only take 45 seconds to fry. Really, they are that fast. I then prepare the fry topping, the Almost Mofongo topping!! I mash the garlic to a paste, blend it with the light olive oil and then add the crushed pork cracklings aka pork rinds. Set this aside for the final flavor blast when the plantains are done frying.

Plantain Shoestring Fries

Plantain Shoestring Fries

 

After the patties and pineapple are grilled and the burger is assembled there is one step that is necessary for a Cuban Burger, the press!! If you do not have a sandwich press you can wrap the burger in foil and weight them down while they heat in a large skillet. Another heavy pan on top will work. They only need to be pressed long enough to melt the cheese and give the burger it’s Cuban pressed appeal.

The Cuban Press

The Cuban Press

 

When the cheese begins to ooze out the side of the burger it is time to take them out. The finally is the quick fry of the plantain shoestring fries. Once drained on a paper towel, sprinkled with sea salt and topped with the Almost Monfongo topping and chopped cilantro. Wow what a meal!!

Almost Mofongo Plantain Shoestring Fries

Almost Mofongo Plantain Shoestring Fries

 

We loved it and we hope you do too!! Jamaican You A Cuban Burger with Almost Mofongo Plantain Shoestring Fries

Saucy Mama Jamaican You A Cuban Burger

Saucy Mama Jamaican You A Cuban Burger

 

Jamaican You A Cuban Burger with Almost Mofongo Plantain Shoestring Fries
Serves 4

• 1 1/2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
• 4 sesame seed buns
• 4 slices fresh pineapple, 1/4 inch thick
• 8 slices smoked ham
• 8 slices swiss cheese
• 8 slices dill pickle slices, refrigerated sandwich style
• 1 cup Saucy Mama Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce, divided
• 3/4 cup mayonnaise, divided
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 3 green plantains
• 1 cup pork crackling aka pork rinds (Chicharrones), crushed
• 2 cloves garlic
• 3 tablespoons light olive oil
• 3-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup ketchup
• 1/4 cup Saucy Mama Orange Habanero Wing Sauce
• sea salt and black pepper
• oil for grilling and frying

  1. Divide hamburger into 4 patties, liberally salt and pepper each side and brush each burger with oil. Brush each pineapple slice liberally with Saucy Mama Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce. Set aside.
  2. Make the Jamaican Jerk Dijon Mayo by mixing 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and 2 teaspoons of Saucy Mama’s Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce. This sauce will be spread on tops and bottoms of the buns.
  3. Make the Fry Sauces; For the Orange Habanero Ketchup mix 1/4 cup of ketchup with 1/4 cup Saucy Mama’s Orange Habanero Wing Sauce. For Jamaican Jerk-up Fry Dip mix together 1/4 cup Saucy Mama’s Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce and 1/4 cup mayonnaise.
  4. Peel and cut plantains into thirds so they are about 3 inch pieces and slice on a mandoline slicer using the julienne blade.
  5. Chop and mash the garlic cloves, blend with 3 tablespoons of light olive oil and the crushed pork cracklings. Combine until the cracklings are coated. Chop the cilantro and set aside.
  6. Heat grill pan and grill pineapple and hamburger patties about 3-4 minutes per side. At the end of the grilling time, brush patties and pineapple with Saucy Mama Jamaican Jerk Wing Sauce and set aside.
  7. Begin to heat the sandwich press. Take buns with spread and begin to assemble the burgers. On the bottom place a slice of swiss cheese then two pickle, the patty, another slice of swiss cheese, the pineapple slice and then top. Place on hot sandwich press and close down on burger. Heat until the cheese has melted and the top of the bun is slightly crispy.
  8. Heat a few inches of oil in a deep pot. Fry plantains strips for 45 seconds or until golden brown. Do not cook to long or they will be to crispy. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with the Almost Mofongo topping and cilantro.
  9. Serve burgers with plantain shoestring fries and fry dips. Enjoy!!

 

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3 Responses to “Jamaican You A Cuban Burger-My Saucy Mama Recipe Entry”

  1. May 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Holy Cow! I am for sure saving this recipe. I would like to imagine if I had decided to do a burger I would have dreamed up something like this, looks so absolutely delicious!

    • May 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks Rachel, It was soooo good. I ate the whole thing! 🙂 Hope you get a chance to make it.

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