Aphorisms from the Professor: Brillat-Savarin

Sunday, January 24, 2010

burger with mexican-inspired condiments

Yesterday while grocery shopping we randomly decided that this would be the week we try jicama. I would describe jicama as being light in flavor with a really nice crunch; my boyfriend would describe it as "a clear watery carrot with a note of apple".

Consulting our food reference books, On Food and Cooking informed us that jicama's "main virtue is its sturdy crispness", and The Flavor Bible explicitly listed Mexican cuisine as a flavor profile that jicama pairs well with. Combined with some of the specific ingredients listed there (avocado, radishes and cilantro), a vision for tonight's dinner began to come together. The final piece of the puzzle was deciding that, since we keep getting burger patties from our CSA, we need to be more adventurous and creative with burger toppings.

The final product was hamburgers with Mexican-inspired condiments. My boyfriend made the guacamole, and I created a jicama & radish slaw.

Hamburger patties
Jicama & Radish slaw - jicama, radish, sour cream, lemon juice, cilantro and salsa verde


  1. I have a copy of the flavor bible, but I never seem to use it. i'm always using somebody else's recipe instead of creating my own...that needs to change :) these look great!

  2. im now craving for burger with good slaw! yumm!

  3. You BF hit another homerun1 'specially with that slaw. So right on the money. GREG

  4. Greg -- let's give credit where it is due: that slaw was all me! (With my boyfriend's input and knife-skills...no way I could cut radishes that well....)