Cooking with Red Gold, part two – Red Gold Burger

This is Marie, contributing an article about a recipe we tried out from the Red Gold folks who were kind enough to send us some of their products to sample. They sent some of their cans of tomatoes along with a variety of ideas for what to do with them.

The recipe can be done ahead of time, so if you want to have this handy, it is useful to push back the prep time to some point more convenient to you. I used the time to rake off some windblown soggy leaves from the patio and check the grill. Sadly, it was a highly unusual 70 degrees and rainy, so I changed plans and made burgers on the stove instead. Since unlike the previous Red Gold recipe, this one is a topping, I figured that was still a fair test.

4 grilled burgers
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold Diced Tomatoes, rinsed and drained
4 green onions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and black pepper to taste

Here’s how it goes:

Chop the green onions and jalapeno (I pulled out most of the seeds to reduce the heat slightly). Add chopped garlic to taste (they suggest 4 cloves; I keep a jar of chopped garlic so my hands don’t smell like it for the next three days). Mix these together in a bowl.
Mix 1/3 cup white balsamic, or white wine vinegar, and add a little to the tablespoon of brown sugar you will add next. (Or use regular balsamic; if you like the recipe a lot you might want to try different variants until you settle on your favorite.)

Add 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger (if you must use powdered ginger use MUCH less than 2 teaspoons. Start with 1/4 tsp and taste until it seems right, depending on the strength of your spice). Add 1 teaspoon cumin, or chili powder if you haven’t got any. Salt and black pepper to taste and when fully blended, mix with the vegetables and put the bowl in the fridge for the flavors to combine.

Here’s a note about the ingredients list – note that I gave some substitutions. Not everyone has white balsamic vinegar and/or cumin. If that’s the case, you can use white wine vinegar with a little extra sugar, and instead of cumin, you can use some chili powder. Hopefully that makes the recipe more convenient. And the results are still tasty. I actually split the recipe in half and tried one part with regular (dark) balsamic, and although there was a difference in appearance, it wasn’t huge. I wound up just mixing both batches together.

The very first ingredients line for the recipe is 4 burgers, but you will want to work on those after the bowl is safely in the fridge. I made 6 burgers instead, intending for us to have two each, but the baby claimed one of them. He declared the Red Gold ketchup “too PICY, Mommy!” and looked at regular ketchup with some suspicion afterward, so although he clamored for a share of the burger topping with great vigor, he didn’t get any. It’s significantly hotter than the ketchup. Grant liked it better than the last recipe we wrote up, and used the remainder of the topping a chip dip. He says that it was terrific and left his mouth on fire.


Contest!

If what we made looked good to you, you can get a trial pack yourself by entering the promotion below! The Red Gold company will give a small prize pack to one of our readers, with two cans of their Diced Tomatoes and a bottle of Mama Selita’s Jalapeno Ketchup (which Grant also used with hot dogs earlier this month and pronounced quite good). There will also be recipes and coupons in the package. If you’d like to try to win the Red Gold prize pack, here’s what you do:

1. Like us on Facebook, if you haven’t already.
2. Look for a Facebook post from us on the evening of Tuesday the 20th that will read: RED GOLD CONTEST. ARE YOU IN?
3. Reply to that post with these two words: “I’M IN!”
4. On the evening of Tuesday the 27th, we’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and get in touch. Simple as that!


(This post was sponsored by Red Gold, who provided the canned tomatoes and the ketchup in return for our consideration in writing a post about our experience. It’s our policy to always note when we’ve received food without charge. If you would like to invite us to sample your company’s products, please drop Grant a line at gmslegion@gmail.com .)

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