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accidental italian burgers, a recipe

You know how some days, it’s just REALLY hard to get your -ish together and get dinner on the table? Yeah... us, too.

We live in a town that has 3 delivery options: Pizza, Chinese and Wings (from the pizza place). I can do the occasional gluten-free pizza, Chinese is REALLY hard to do gf, and there are only so many wings even I can eat. So when I don't plan, and we're sick of the rotation... we improvise. Sometimes, we even get a winner out of it.

This was so good, the boy even asked excitedly, "Where'd you get this recipe?" AHEM??? Don't worry, I decided to keep him around even after that.

1 lb ground beef

2 t onion powder

1 t garlic powder

1 1/4 t salt, divided

1/2 t red pepper flakes

1 t dried basil

1/4 olive oil

1 drop Basil Vitality (or 1 T dried basil, crushed before using)

1 drop Black Pepper Vitality (or several grinds from your pepper grinder)

6-8 slices Buffalo Mozzarella

Fresh Basil slices, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Mix first 6 ingredients together. Form into 3-4 patties, I did oval ones for something different.

  3. Mix olive oil and Vitality oils and brush 1/2 over patties

  4. Top with slices of Mozzarella

  5. Bake for 5 minutes, then brush with remaining oil mixture

  6. Bake additional 5-7 minutes to preferred doneness.

  7. Top with fresh basil and enjoy.

Serve with a side salad and you've got a quick, easy dinner in no time.

Happy Holidays to everyone!


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