84. Grilled Hamburgers (with Lima Bean and Cucumber Salad)


Grilled HamburgersGrilled Hamburger Recipe

Ok, that’s a lie. Leah actually brought card number 84. She made the burgers and the assorted toppings and the lima-bean cucumber salad. I just made the dessert, but I’ll get to that later.

But since I just mentioned the assorted toppings, let me draw your attention to that weird bunch:

  1. Pineapple rings, green pepper, olives
  2. Sauteed onions and mushrooms
  3. Sliced orange and chutney
  4. Raw onion, ketchup, crisp bacon
  5. Slice tomato, crumbled blue cheese
  6. Mustard and cole slaw

Well, some weirder than others. 2, 4, and 5 seem completely reasonable; and that cole slaw and mustard combo didn’t sound like a total abomination since I come from Pittsburgh and we like to put cole slaw on our sammies!

However, since it’s DiS! Leah thought it appropriate to dabble in the odd and she did topping combo number 1 (hell yeah, pineapple rings, green pepper and olives!) in addition to the onion/mushroom and onion/ketchup/bacon burgers.

Now for the salad. Leah chose Greek yogurt over sour cream because that’s what she had in the house. And I don’t think that’s what went wrong here. I think the recipe was just plain wrong, because geez-oh-man was this salad gross:

lima bean-cucumber salad

I think more than anything it was the frozen lima beans; lima beans should only be served warm. The texture was all kinds of wrong. Me thinks this would have been sooooo much better if it were just cucumbers involved. Oh, how Dinner is Served led Leah astray!

Here is the completed #84:

84. Grilled Hamburgers

And yes, that is Bossypants Tina Fey

These were burgers! And they were yummy! Although whoever got the pineapple burger picked off everything and just made it a regular old burger. My onion, ketchup, bacon burger was delectable.

You already know what I thought about that lima bean salad.

But that’s a pretty good recreation of the photo, no?

And now, dessert!

Grilled HamburgersThe Jelly Roll Ice Cream Mold. Take a look again at the photo for dinner 84 and check out that dessert in the top left hand corner ———————————————–>

This photo was all that I had to go on. Now, if you recall, I have tried my hand at a jelly roll (which was much less successful than my sherbet roll); but I really didn’t want to start from scratch. I was thinking, what to do? What to do?

Well, I remembered that my mum always got jelly rolls during Passover at the Jewish grocery stores in Squirrel Hill. I also remembered that every once in a while they would have jelly rolls in the tiny bakery section of Eddie’s in Mt. Vernon here in Baltimore. But it wasn’t Passover. I’m not in Pittsburgh. And, well, Eddie’s selection is so…occasional.

What to do? What to do? Could it be, could it be??? that my Safeway would have the answer?


jelly rolls

Strawberry Shortcake Rolls, bitches! Little Debbie is my savior!

So I just assembled what the picture looked like—an ice cream ball (or is that a bombe???) covered in jelly roll slices!

So I cut up the jelly rolls (I used all 6 cakes) and covered a plastic wrap-lined bowl with pieces:


Kind of a spiral pattern


I put the most “jelly” side facing the outside of the bowl for optimal color


Then I carefully spread softened strawberry ice cream in the center

ice cream jelly mold

And now it went into the freezer!

So into the freezer it went! I have a good video of the reveal here: Unmold the jelly roll ice cream cake! I can’t get it to embed. Because I don’t know how to do fancy internet type shit. I really hope that the link works–Leah’s VO is great. Also, I’m wearing my awesome Graceland t-shirt.

But anyhoo, here is the finished result:

Jelly Roll Ice Cream Mold

Everyone loves an ice cream cake!

It really is fabulous. I am particularly proud of it because it looks really complicated but there’s only 2 ingredients and less than 5 steps. Also, this can easily be made gluten-free if you get one of those Passover jelly rolls. Keep an eye out for them–tis the season!

This meal was a success (that goofy salad excluded). Switch that out for a decent salad and you’ve got yourself a nifty little outdoor grilling party!!! That’s happening soon, right? The grilling weather. Please? I love winter, but even I’m getting a little over all the snow and cold.

Here’s one more pic for good measure.


Yeah, I don’t know what that is, but some reason I find this hilarious. It’s Leah’s fault. She bear’d it.

Update: After I posted this, I got a photo from DiS! reader, Patti, who made her own Jelly Roll Ice Cream Mold–but with Swiss Cake Rolls (a.k.a. Ho-Hos) and chocolate ganache ice cream!

swisscake mold


How fabulous is that? She said it was a big hit with all of her chocoholic friends!

Thanks for sharing, Patti!

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15 Responses to 84. Grilled Hamburgers (with Lima Bean and Cucumber Salad)

  1. Well I never. Those burgers look AMAZING (most excellent photo DIS stylie). And the ice cream cake is bloody brilliant (excuse my swearing). This has made me so hungry I have got to have my lunch early. And while I eat it I’m gonna watch your video…

  2. Ooooh! YEAH! That’s a brilliant bit of footage. 1 – you have a very sophisticated voice. 2 – Leah sounds like me. Ha ha – wish I had been there to eat some of that dinner. I’d have eaten the pineapple. Oooooo! YEAH! x

  3. I think that pineapple one could be oddly tasty. Maybe with a schemer of ricotta?

  4. Buzz says:

    I have to worry about any recipe that calls for white wine or milk interchangeably.

  5. I love your posts they are great!! I’m the one that went to Pittsburgh…I fell in love with Pierogies Plus!! That place rocks, I brought so many pierogies back with me to freeze 🙂 LOL!!

    • Yinzerella says:

      AWESOME! I am so glad that you enjoyed Pittsburgh!

      I was home last weekend and found out that there is a place in The Strip that will ship pierogies anywhere!

      I need that service because I don’t know where to find a decent pierogie in Baltimore. Where are the church ladies?!?!

  6. Angie says:

    Man I just ordered a fancy cake for my Birthday. Wish I would have seen this before that, this looks just as fun as fancy cake. Maybe next year.

  7. Patti says:

    I am SOOOOO making that bombe for Easter! Fab!

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