Veal chops with sage are a fave. If you like them, too, try this rich, buttery,earthy-flavored burger versiontopped with squash rings!
Makes: 4 servings
- 1/2 small butternut squash or 1 acorn squashpeeled, seeded and thinly sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
- EVOO, for coating
- Freshly grated nutmeg, for sprinkling
- Salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 12 sage leaves
- 1 pound ground veal
- 1/2 pound ground beef (80% lean)
- 1 large clove garlic, peeled and grated or pasted
- A handful grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- 3/4 pound val daosta or other fontina cheese, or taleggio cheese
- Honey, for drizzling
- 4 sesame brioche rolls, split
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Lightly coat the squash slices with EVOO; season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Roast until tender and browned at the edges, 18 to 22 minutes.
- Melt the butter over medium heat until it foams. Increase the heat a touch and add the sage leaves. Cook until crisp, then transfer them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving the brown butter. Chop the sage leaves.
- Combine the ground veal and ground beef with the sage and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Mix in the parmigiano-reggiano and form patties.
- Heat a griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook, basting with the reserved brown butter, for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, top the burgers with the fontina (or taleggio) to melt and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Drizzle the cooked squash with honey. Lightly toast the buns in a warm oven. Place the cheeseburgers on the roll bottoms, top with the squash rings and set the roll tops in place.