Dijon Horseradish Sauce

I was just looking to create a sauce for roasted potatoes and broccoli to jazz them up a bit. Some kind of potato salad twist type thing.

I landed on a mustard based sauce since I had a fresh bottle of dijon. You know what they say, use what you have. That advice applies now more than ever, under current circumstances.

This is super easy to put together. Whisk together a few ingredients and you're all set. Keep those potatoes moist and delicious. A lighter, fresher variation on classic potato salad. And, of course, vegan.

2 tbls dijon mustard
2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls hot sauce
1 tbl horseradish
2 tsps salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsps turmeric
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil.

Drizzle in the oil while whisking until a nice emulsion is formed.

I created this for roasted potatoes and broccoli, but this sauce has endless possibilities. It's tangy, spicy and a little bit creamy. Go nuts with it!

Smash Burger

Around the end of the summer a new Smash Burger opened nearby. I was able to try it not longer after. I was excited because their menu offered a spicy black bean burger. I love black beans. They are far and away my favorite bean. I eat them all the time. I even make my own spicy black bean burgers when the spirit moves me. The smash burger version sounded very promising. Adorned with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese among other acourtrements.

The burger itself was not bad, but not very impressive either. It was better than your average restaurant veggie patty, but only by a bit. It was pretty bland. Basically just black beans and some binding agent. It could have used some spices or garlic or both.

My guess is that the toppings and bun were supposed to take care of that. Which for the most part they did. The spicy jalapenos and the melty cheese and the crunchy onions made it a pretty good sandwich in the end. But even so, you still taste the burger inside of all that pop and sizzle. Ideally, you don't want a tasteless patty in the middle of all that goodness.

Still props for the effort. Not all restaurants bother to offer veggie burgers. I certainly appreciate those that do.

Overall, an okay veggie burger. Better than Applebee's. Not as good as Hoolihan's. Needs work.

All the remotely close Cheeburgers closed a long time ago, but I still miss theirs. It was sublime.