Going Topless

Topless Steak Burgers
After wiping the sleep from our eyes, both Mr. B and I looked at each other with astonishment. It was May 1st. Already. Where was this year going? While we could have spent several hours pondering Einstein's Theory of Relativity, we needed coffee first.

May 1st, better known as May Day, is one of the many pagan celebrations that seamlessly worked its way into the fabric of modern culture. Traditionally, it was the first day of summer, hence, the summer solstice is the halfway point of summer. While I've never been to a May Day celebration, I imagine it would be pretty fun, even if just to linger among the food vendors and listen to music.

Interestingly, another common usage of May Day is the internationally recognized emergency code for "Help!"--immediately. I found this a far more intriguing bit of information to ponder over than either Einstein or pagan celebrations, so with all my nerdy intellectualism, I decided to do a little research. Come to find out, May Day is derived from the French phrase, "venez m'aider" which translates to, "Come help me." I'm not sure how it went from that translation to the shorter May Day one, but since it was far too beautiful outside, I decided to ditch my contemplative thoughts and head out into the sunshine. Apparently, great minds think alike, for sitting in quite meditation among singing birds, I found Mr. B.

At first, I felt guilty, thinking that I'd interrupted his deep, introspective thinking. But, I was wrong. "So. What's for lunch today?" he asked. I quickly decided that it was far too nice outside for any sort of heavy thinking; it was the perfect day to keep things light.

"You know," I replied. "I think it's the perfect day to go topless."

This might sound like a sexy recipe, but truthfully, my mom used to make a less fussy version of this all the time. She called them "Steak Burgers" and we liked that name--a lot!

Topless Steak Burgers

2 Ciabatta rolls, sliced into rounds, horizontally
1 pound lean ground beef
4 slices of cheddar cheese
2 ripe Roma tomatoes
1/2 small white onion, finely minced
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/8 cup finely chopped green onion tops
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

1. Grill Ciabatta until lightly toasted; set aside.
2. Mix together tomatoes, onion, red and green pepper, green onion tops, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Let sit for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to break down the tomatoes.
3. Shape ground beef into 4 patties; season.
4. Cook beef patties over a hot grill until desired doneness is reached.
5. Place one cheese slice over each burger and allow cheese to melt.
6. To serve, drizzle the tomato juices over the sliced Ciabatta and top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture. Top with a burger patty and a few more spoonfuls of tomato mixture. Serve with additional hot sauce if desired.


  1. You had me at topless Mel! :D I sometimes do burgers topless, or on a salad to cut down on carbs. But I loves me some ciabatta! :D

  2. Ha! Yep, Biz, Ciabatta rocks and so do topless burgers!


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