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Grilling Up a Festive Summer Feast
Simple cooking tips to create a delicious barbecue

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Greek Burger Sliders with Avocado Tzatziki
Avocado Tzatziki

(Family Features) Summer is filled with family picnics and barbecues, but you need to make sure that those burgers and pasta salads aren't served with a side of bacteria.

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora is an expert at overcoming the complexities of cooking with exotic ingredients, including ostrich, oysters and venison; but even working with everyday staples, like chicken, beef, eggs and fresh vegetables, can present cooking challenges. These foods can carry common bacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella and Staph - all of which can thrive throughout the cleanest kitchen. To help spread awareness about better kitchen practices, Chef Cora partnered with Ultra Palmolive® Antibacterial Dish Liquid, offering tips and providing simple solutions to help prevent cross-contamination in your kitchen.

Research shows that bacteria can easily spread to kitchen surfaces while preparing even the most simple of meals. Studies have found that:

  • Bacteria on a cutting board can double after ten minutes of use, whether cutting raw meat or vegetables.
  • Ten percent of bacteria on a cutting board can transfer to lettuce during chopping.
  • E. coli that remains on washed and dried dishes can survive up to three days.

"Like all moms, I want to provide the best for my family while creating memorable meals at home," said Cora. "Cleaning throughout the cooking process gives me peace of mind that I'm doing all I can for my family."

Cat Cora's Tips

During the summer, and throughout the year, use Cat Cora's simple tips to reduce cross-contamination in your kitchen:

  • Keep mayonnaise-based foods, fresh meat and seafood at 40°F or freeze it. Bacteria may grow more quickly when items are stored at the wrong temperature.
  • Thaw frozen meat and seafood in the refrigerator on a paper towel-lined plate, not on the countertop.
  • Use a glass cutting board when slicing raw meats and vegetables. The surfaces of plastic and wood cutting boards can be cut by knives during food preparation, and bacteria may hide in these porous areas.
  • Clean as you go, washing prep tools and the sink after each use with a dish liquid such as Ultra Palmolive® Antibacterial Dish Liquid to help kill bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Staph when used as directed.

For a perfect barbecue, try Cat Cora's new summer recipes, and follow her simple food preparation tips, by visiting www.palmolive.com.

Greek Burger Sliders with Avocado Tzatziki

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 4 brioche rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 cucumber slices (optional)
  • 4 thin slices red onion (optional)

    1. Stir together all avocado tzatziki ingredients (see recipe) and chill in fridge at least one hour or longer.
    2. With your hands or a wooden spoon, mix ground beef, olives, feta, dill, breadcrumbs, onion, scallions, salt, pepper, garlic and oregano until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Shape the meat mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
    3. Grill over medium-hot coals or pan grill over medium heat for 5 minutes per side. The burgers should no longer be pink in the center.
    4. To serve, place each burger on a roll, spoon on a little tzatziki, and top with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion slices to your taste.

Serves 4

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Avocado Tzatziki

Avocado Tzatziki

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 large clove)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and grated cucumber (about 1 medium cucumber)
  • 1 whole peeled avocado, diced small

    1. Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt to the yogurt. Add grated cucumber, diced avocado and mix well. Chill for at least one hour.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

SOURCE: Palmolive