What's Fabulous: L. Simchick's Mediterranean Burgers
Lamb, veal and perfect seasonings make a perfect burger.
L. Simchick, a treasured butcher shop in Manhattan's Sutton Place neighborhood, makes a Mediterranean burger that could easily become an all-time favorite dinner. They're made of very high quality veal and lamb, with enough fat to have taste but not so much to give you worry. Mr. Simchick keeps the actual ingredients close to his white jacket-clad heart and he should: he's added a perfect balance of Mediterranean flavors to the meat which means all you have to do is sprinkle a little salt, grind a little pepper, and cook to medium rare.
You can sauté, bake or broil them. I broil mine, putting the burgers about 6" below the broiler's flame. Seven minutes a side (they get rounder as they cook).
Mr. Simchick says to serve with just a little mustard but I think they can be better dressed. Their seasonings make them a brilliant companion to tabbouleh salad (bulgar wheat, diced tomatoes, parsley, fresh lemon juice or just buy and make a box of Near East's) and a piece of feta cheese. They'd also be perfect on a roll with some watercress and good mustard, as Mr. Simchick says. Or simply plated with little roasted potatoes and a green vegetable.
At about 8 oz. each and $7.99 a pound, they price out to about $4.00 each. This is huge value given their quality and flavor. Buy many because they freeze perfectly. Just move them from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before and you'll have an easy dinner to come home to.
If you like lamb, these will make you very happy. I promise.