Aired April 19, 2010
2 green or very under-ripe, firm tomatoes
Flour, for dredging
2 eggs or egg whites, beaten
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup corn meal
1/3 cup grated Parm cheese
A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Canola or light olive oil, for shallow frying plus a drizzle
1 1/2 pounds ground beef - sirloin for leaner burgers or chuck for buttery burgers
3 to 4 tablespoons grated onion and its juice
2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Franks Red Hot, eyeball the amount
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball the amount
1 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic, grated or pasted by finely chopping and mashing with salt
A few tablespoons minced fresh chives
Juice of 1/2 lemon
8 slider rolls or dinner size brioche rolls, split
1 head tender lettuce, such as Bibb or butter
Bake bacon in preheated oven at 375F to crisp on slotted pan in middle of oven, 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, trim tops and bottoms of tomatoes and slice into 4 slices each, no more than 1/2-inch thick. Salt the sliced tomatoes on each side and drain on a doubled paper towel for a few minutes then season with a little pepper. Dredge the tomatoes in flour, then coat in egg whites, then in breadcrumbs mixed with cornmeal, Parm and parsley. Heat 1/8 inch of oil in skillet over medium to medium-high heat and cook to golden and crisp, a few minutes on each side. Cool on cooling rack.
Combine meat with grated onion, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Form 8
3-ounce slider-size patties, drizzle with a little oil. Heat large griddle or non-stick skillet and cook patties a couple of minutes on each side.
Combine sour cream with garlic, chives, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a dash or 2 of hot sauce, if you like.
Place burgers on bun bottoms. Top each slider burger with 2 slices of halved, cooked bacon, tender lettuce leaves, a fried slice of green tomato, sour cream and chive sauce and bun tops.