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Homemade Paneer

I absolutely adore paneer (Indian cheese that is light and resembles mozzarella cheese. This is made in Indian homes and added to several recipes. I can’t seem to get enough of paneer!! Most people think that it is difficult to make cheese but it is beyond easy.Homemade Paneer

Ingredients
8 1/2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons white vinegar or 1/4 cup lemon juice (you can use either depending on what you have in your cupboards)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
cheesecloth
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Directions
Using a large colander or mesh strainer, line it with 3-4 pieces of cheesecloth.

In a large heavy-bottomed pan, bring the milk to a boil and before it begins to boil, turn off the stove and add the curdling agent (vinegar of lemon juice) and the salt. Stir the mixture and allow it to stand for 10 minutes so the curds can begin to form.

Drain the mixture through the cheesecloth and please make sure that you are draining into a bowl, you want to keep the liquid aka the whey.

You want to let this curds cool and then squeeze all of the liquid out of the cheesecloth and tie it as tightly as possible when you form a flat disc and place it in a bowl and then transfer it to the refrigerator to harden for an hour or overnight. Cover the bowl to make sure it does not take on any flavors found in your refrigerator. Once it has hardened, cut the paneer into small cubes. You can just fry them in some butter and serve once golden brown.

TIP: Use the whey in soups or any other dishes to add flavor and to thicken.

The Ultimate Hawaiian Burger

The Ultimate Hawaiian Burger As with any construction project, it is important to start with the base. If your burger patty is not flavorful and delicious, the toppings can’t do anything but mask the flavor.

This makes 4 very generous hamburgers.

Patty Ingredients
1 egg, beaten
1 bunch fresh chives, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh ground chuck
2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil

Topping Ingredients
4 fresh pineapple slices, 1/2-inch thick slices
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup mozzarella cheese
4 brioche buns, toasted and cut in half
Red onion, sliced into 4 ½ inch thick slices
8 pickle slices
Jalapenoe, sliced
4 slices of pepper jack or plain jack cheese

Sauce Ingredients
½ cup crumbled Feta cheese or blue cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 avacado, mashed
Pinch sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Add the beef and seasonings and gently mix together  for 30 seconds but you don’t want to over mix, cover and set aside.

Turn the grill on to high heat and once up to temperature, turn it down to medium. Brush the pineapple slices with a bit of oil and allow them to cook for 30-60 seconds on each side until beautiful grill marks are visible. Set this aside.

Divide the ground beef mixture into four equal parts and create the patties so they are 1-inch thick. Add the patties to the grill and allow them to cook for 3-5 minutes on each side depending on how you like your patties cooked.

In a non-stick pan, toast the jalapeno and pickle slices, add the mozzarella cheese and dump into a plate immediately and cover with the hot pan. This will melt the cheese.

Sauce Directions
Combine together the ingredient.

Assembly
On the bun, add the sauce to the bottom followed by the patty, sliced cheese, onion, quarter of the mozzarella topping. Place the pineapple slices on the side along with the top of the bun.