Lamb Lodge Sliders with Cabernet- Blackberry Ketchup

Submitted by:  Naylet L. ~ 1st Runner-Up

Serves 12

Ingredients for Cabernet-Blackberry Ketchup

1/2 cup Ketchup

1/2 cup good quality Blackberry Preserves

1/4 cup Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinch of Kosher Salt

Ingredients for Lamb Sliders

1 1/2 lbs Ground Lamb

2 Tbs Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and grated

1 tsp Ground Cumin

1 1/2 Tbs finely chopped Rosemary Leaves

3/4 tsp Kosher Salt, or more for taste

1/8 tsp White Pepper

Olive Oil for brushing on patties

12 slices Gouda Cheese, cut to fit size of slider

12 Slider Buns, split

3 cups Mixed Spring Greens

2 Tbs chopped Chives


To make ketchup:  In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine ketchup, blackberry preserves, Cabernet and salt.  Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat.

To make lamb sliders:  In a large bowl, combine lamb, Cabernet, garlic, cumin, rosemary leaves, kosher salt and pepper.  Form into 12 slider size patties.

Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan over stovetop on medium-high heat.  Lightly brush patties with olive oil.  Grill patties, flipping once, about 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare, or to desired doneness.  During final minutes of grilling, place cheese on top of each patty and melt cheese. On each bottom bun, place greens, then top with a patty.  Top each patty with chives; drizzle with ketchup,  Close with top buns.

Why Naylet Thought Her Dish Should be the Winner?:  “Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon inspired me to create this bistro-style lamb slider that is easy enough to prepare any weeknight and impressive enough for any dinner party! I have always believed a great dish is the outcome of ingredients that come together and inspire the cook to make a meal from their passion and love for cooking.  Avalon’s Cabernet Sauvignon is the inspiration behind my recipe. It is used in both the lamb patty and blackberry ketchup.  I love the way the blackberry preserves in the ketchup pick up the fruity notes of the wine, making a ketchup with the perfect touch of sweetness for the dish. The lamb sliders, with fragrant rosemary and cumin, also get a splash of Cabernet, while the Gouda cheese is creamy and rich making for a well-balanced lamb slider. I feel my recipe is the best because the wine is the heart an soul of the recipe and the ingredients come together to perfectly complement its flavors.”

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