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Schloss Cheeseburgers with Apples & Sauerkraut



– ½ pound ground beef chuck – ½ pound ground pork – ½ pound sauerkraut, squeezed dry and chopped – ½ cup diced Granny Smith apple – 1 teaspoon ground toasted caraway seeds – Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste – 8 ounces Real California Schloss cheese – 4 5-inch-long pieces of baguette, cut in half horizontally and toasted – Stone-ground mustard – Thinly sliced red onion
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In a bowl, mix together beef, pork, sauerkraut, apple, caraway, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 burger patties about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Preheat a grill and oil grill grate well. Grill burgers about 3 minutes on each side for rare, 4 minutes for medium rare. Top with cheese in the last minute of cooking. (Or pan-fry burgers in oil or bacon fat over medium heat about 3 minutes on each side for rare, 4 minutes for medium rare, topping with cheese in the last few minutes of cooking.) Place each burger on the bottom of a baguette half and top with mustard and onion. Close with top half of baguette.

*Note: Can substitute 1 pound of lean ground turkey for beef/pork blend.

Yield: 4 servings