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Recently, my husband and I had dinner with friends at Firefly restaurant, which is just up the street from our house. We used to go at least once a week, but then just sort of forgot about it for awhile. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful, romantic spot if you’re looking for a Valentine’s evening out. Ask for one of the tables in the alcoves, so you get a little privacy.
Heirloom Apple Salad with five year old farmer’s gouda, baby celery, marcona almonds, cider vinaigrette
Hamachi Sashimi on Crispy Rice Cakes Grass-Fed “Terrorized” Rib Eye with warm spinach salad, toasted cashew, shallots, bacon, 25 year balsamic
Firefly 11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
818 762-1833 No Website but more info here
Dining Date: 1/18/09
Recipe for my Porn Sliders (cuz they’re so naughty good)!
2 tablespoons of roasted garlic (must be done in advance, link below)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (pulverized in food processor)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 can of original SPAM
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 teaspoon of grated fresh nutmeg
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 red onion, thinly sliced (to grill as a topping)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mayonaise
1 tablespoon drained prepared horseradish
12 small pieces crisp iceberg lettuce
12 Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls, toasted or grilled
Your favorite cheese, sliced to top sliders
Chop up then grind up the cold spam in a food processor.
Gently fry until browned. Cool.
In a small bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the heavy cream for 10 minutes.
In a another bowl, combine the ketchup, mayo and grated horseradish and season with salt.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, egg, garlic (raw and roasted), crushed red pepper, thyme, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
Add the spam and bread next, then mix gently with your hands. Do NOT overmix.
Pat into 12 ( 2 +1/2 inch) burgers
Grill the beef burgers on a preheated grill pan until they are just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer burgers to another pan or plate.
Add onions to hot grill pan and fire up on stove top. Cook until browned.
Heat the broiler.
In the broiler, lay the small rolls open and grill until lightly browned.
Add cheese to one side of the roll and grill until melted. Remove from broiler.
Put a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bun and top each with a burger. Add the grilled red onions onto the burgers and cover with the horseradish-mayo ketchup. Close the sandwiches and serve.
The SPAM mixed into the ground beef bastes the burgers from the inside. Yes. Totally decadent… and naughty good!