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I don’t know about you, but my dad is pretty basic when it comes to food. What I mean by that is his preferences are uncomplicated and straightforward. The guy, for as long as I can remember, just mostly wants to eat when he’s hungry and he’d like it not to be a fussy affair. He’s been working 12-14 hour shift work for about 40 years now . . . and he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to retire. Saying he has a strong work ethic is an understatement. You can see why just getting some fuel in the tank is his focus.
My husband (the other dad I know best) is also pretty basic when it comes to food. His whole professional life has revolved around work in Africa. He’s spent a lot of time living in and visiting some of the most undeveloped and remote areas of that continent. He has become very adept at eating what is put in front of him without complaint (and yes, he has eaten grubs).
The thing is, I know both of these dads (and I’m willing to bet the dads in your life too), aren’t just unsophisticated chowhounds. They certainly deserve and can definitely appreciate something extra from time to time. This Father’s Day recipe is meant to take the basic burger up a notch, to honor dad. Enjoy!
- Place all ingredients in food processor.
- Process on high for 30 seconds.
- Set aside.
- 1lb ground beef
- Divide beef into four equal balls. Divide balls in half.
- Form two flat patties with each half, place two teaspoons tapenade on one patty, cover with second patty.
- Carefully pinch patty edges together to form one burger.
- Grill burgers and keep warm.
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels, sprinkle zucchini with a small amount of salt. Zucchini will begin to sweat, soak up liquid with paper towels.
- Use a mandolin or sharp knife to slice shallot as thinly as possible, making small rings.
- Spread dried zucchini and shallots out on clean baking sheet, dust with cassava flour.
- Heat palm shortening in cast iron skillet to approx. 160 degrees.
- Quickly fry zucchini and shallots in batches, just until crisp and golden.
- Drain on paper towel lined plate.
- Top burgers with crisps.