Ocean State Swordfish Burgers with Tangy Apple Tartar Sauce
“With almost 400 miles of tidal coastline in Rhode Island, one does not have to go far to find superb seafood,” wrote Wakefield resident Valerie Szlatenyi of her 2008 Alternative Burgers People’s Choice winning recipe in Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger competition. “One of the local favorites is fresh swordfish, which is abundant in the summer and fall. This swordfish burger with the popular Portuguese sweet roll is a great way to enjoy the wonderful fresh ocean taste, making it a perfect local American burger, especially when paired with Sutter Home Chardonnay.
You will feel like you are on vacation! Any freshly baked soft roll can be substituted for the Portuguese sweet roll; however, the sweetness of the Portuguese roll complements the fish, adding another dimension to the overall flavor.”
½ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup chopped bread-and-butter pickles
⅓ cup chopped tart apple
1 teaspoon McCormick Old Bay Seasoning
½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ pounds swordfish meat, finely chopped
½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
¼ cup crushed cornflakes
¼ cup chopped bread-and-butter pickles
¼ cup minced sweet onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
5 teaspoons McCormick Old Bay Seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 Portuguese sweet rolls, split
2 cups shredded crisp lettuce
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to blend thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until assembling the burgers.
To make the patties, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently. Form the mixture into 6 equal patties to fit the rolls.
Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, just until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes on each side. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place an equal amount of lettuce, a patty, and an equal amount of the tartar sauce. Add the roll tops and serve.
Result: Ocean State Swordfish Burgers
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