Posts Tagged ‘Eggplant’

Paleo Sliders Big Dinner Plate

Last week sometime, I tried making a full-size eggplant burger bun for my 60z grassfed steakburger.  It worked out pretty well.  Today, we went to the grocery store again and found that they only had normal sized eggplants… which were perfect for homemade sliders!

Eggplant Bun Holds Together Burger Slider

I loved getting to eat two neat little burgers that stayed together so nicely!  Some lettuce, a little onion, one tomato slice, and some spicy mustard per burger is all you need to kick White Castle to the curb.  If you ever even went there to begin with.  I sure as hell didn’t.  😛

If you’re wondering what else is on my dinner plate besides the sliders, I’ve also got a whole grilled jalapeno, half of a cajun style andouille (fancy name for a type of sausage) over sauerkraut, and some grilled asparagus.  My griller man did a supurb job manning the flames today!

Grilling Paleo Sliders with Eggplant Buns

It’s springtime, and Ultimate Evolved Campfire is your Backyard Grill, so get out there and fire it up Paleolithic-Style!  Food always tastes better when it’s real and when it’s cooked outside in the fresh air.

Chicken Bacon Vegetable Stew

As scary as it was to leave a pot on the stove simmering overnight, I made my first chicken bone broth out of the carcass of a whole chicken I parboiled the other day.  The idea is just to cover the carcass with water, start it boiling, cover the pot, and then turn it down to simmer for at least overnight – mine simmered for about 24 hours.  Chicken bones are small and weak enough, that 24 hours of that extracts all the nutrients from the bones and lets them escape out into the broth.

I don’t have any fancy strainers or cheesecloth or whatever you’re supposed to use, but I did have a clean plain tshirt.  When I was done with boiling the bones and broth, I just laid the tshirt over a separate big pot and poured the first pot of bone-filled broth onto the shirt/into the second pot.  All the bones and chicken bits were caught in the shirt that I emptied into the garbage and immediately washed.  Poof – strained bone broth!  To which I added a ton of fresh vegetables, cooked chicken, a couple pieces of cooked bacon, and whole bunch of dried herbs like parsley and dill and sage and thyme and so on.  Yum!

Paleo Burger Eggplant Bun

While perusing the vegetable aisle at WalMart yesterday, I happened across a freakishly large eggplant.  So big that my first thought actually was, “hamburger bun?”  I browse other Paleo, Low-Carb, and Gluten-Free blogs fairly often, but I have yet to see eggplant buns on burgers.  I figured I’d try it anyways.

Paleo Burger Eggplant Bun

Grilling Burger Eggplant BunsMy raw slices were a little over an inch thick, so they would be able to shrink a little during grilling but still be big enough.  I salted them generously, let them “sweat” for about 20 minutes (the salt draws out the moisture inside the eggplant), rinsed them off, and then gave them a generous sprinkling of chili powder, ground cumin, and oregano.  I used those spices because these were going to be South of the Border Burgers with fresh salsa and guacamole!  The eggplant took a little longer on the grill than the burgers – you just have to keep an eye on the slices.

The only thing I’ll change next time is that I’ll completely peel the slices instead of leaving some strips of skin on.  Those bits were a little chewy.  But otherwise, this worked out amazingly well!  It didn’t get too messy until the last couple of bites, just like a burger on a regular bun would!  Paleo Eggplant Burger Bun Replacement: Success!

Eggplant Hamburger Bun Low Carb Paleo

Update: OMG, forget about making whole burgers with eggplant buns… make sliders!!!  They’re less messy, more fun, and you can use normal size eggplants instead of trying to find monster size ones!  Check out The Evolved Campfire Perfect Paleo Sliders with Eggplant Buns!!!