1 lb (450g) good-quality ground lamb 1 tsp minced garlic ½ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground cumin Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 4 artisan-style hard rolls 4 small handfuls of baby spinach leaves
For the marinated onions ½ red onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp unrefined light brown sugar
For the sauce 2 inch (5cm) piece of English cucumber, coarsely grated ¼ cup Greek-style plain yogurt ¼ tsp minced garlic 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
Put the lamb in a bowl and add the garlic, cloves, cumin, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Mix with your hands until well combined, then shape into four burgers. Chill until ready to cook.
Mix the red onion with the vinegar and sugar. Let marinate while you prepare the sauce. Squeeze the cucumber to remove excess moisture, then mix with the yogurt, garlic, mint, and a little salt and pepper. Chill.
When ready to eat, heat a ridged cast-iron grill pan. Sprinkle burgers with a little kosher salt and brush with olive oil. Cook the burgers until browned and cooked through, 3-4 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, split the rolls and toast them. When the burgers are cooked, assemble your creation with baby spinach leaves, tzatziki sauce, and the drained marinated onions.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"While working in California as the executive chef for Google, Ayers 'came to believe that we can all eat delicious, clean, fast cuisine that is good for us, good for the community, and good for the Earth.' In his first cookbook, Ayers shares recipes that fed the young minds at Google for more than six years as well as tips on eating, shopping and cooking smart. Ayers isn't telling readers anything new, but his clear and concise recipes are inspiring. 'The Smart Pantry' section includes lists of Ayers's favorite vinegars, oils and grains, and includes creative recipes for homemade condiments like Chutney-Yogurt Crust for fish, Roasted Jalapeno Ketchup, and 'Flavor Cubes,' such as one made with carrot juice, eggplant and garlic puree frozen in ice trays and used to add quick flavor to soups or sauces. The 'Smart Recipes' section offers such original recipes as a Jade Smoothie, made with cucumber, apple cider and lemon sorbet, and Dragon Breath Noodles, with peanut butter, ginger and honey. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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