Lamb Burgers with Smoked Pepperoni & Provolone

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Lamb Burgers with Smoked Pepperoni & Provolone
  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper or frying pepper
  • About 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • About 3 oz. smoked pepperoni (preferably Vermont Smoke and Cure brand), minced or ground in food processor
  • 4 scallions, whites and greens, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • About 2 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
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Preparation

Roast the pepper under the broiler or over a gas flame, turning it occasionally, until charred all over. Place the pepper in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let steam until cool, about 15 minutes. Peel, stem and seed the pepper and place it in a food processor. Add the ketchup and vinegar and puree until the sauce is smooth.

In another bowl, combine the lamb, pepperoni, scallions, herbs, garlic and olive oil. Form into 4 patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking). Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Cook the patties until browned, turning once, about 8 minutes. Top with the cheese; cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 1 minute.

Mound a handful of greens on each bun bottom, then top with the patties. Slather the bun tops with the roasted-pepper ketchup and place on top of the patties.