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I’ve gone tailgating a few times at Nascar Sprint Cup races. I’ve seen tons of people tailgating. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are always popular, because they’re perfect for cooking outdoors. Pool a large group of people and you’ll probably find that most of them like pickles on their cheeseburger.
Vlasic is a favorite in our house. Their pickles are fresh, crunchy and tasty. Recently I got to try the newest addition to their product line – Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic. These pickles won 2013 Product of the Year in the vegetable category. The product line includes Deli Style Halves, Bread & Butter Chips, Zesty Garlic Chips, Kosher Dill Halves, and Kosher Dill Spears. Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles lived up to the expectations we’ve come to have with Vlasic pickles. They’re different from other Vlasic pickles because they have other vegetables like garlic, peppers and carrots in the jar. The pickles are marinated in a brine of herbs and spices that looks different then the regular brine. We found the pickles to be crunchy and tasty, and with a taste similar to that of fresh pickles you might get at a really well established farmer’s market. Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles are available in 26 ounce jars with a suggested retail price of $3.99.
I wanted to make a dish that would be fun to eat at a game viewing party. But what happens when you’re tailgating indoors? Like many people will be this weekend for the big game. Cheeseburgers are still tasty, but nobody really wants to spend the game cooking dozens of burgers over the stove and missing the game. I have a solution. Cheeseburger Strombolis. They make an awesome indoor tailgating and viewing party food because they’re easy to make and serve a lot of people. I incorporated the Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Pickles into this stromboli. The pickles stay crunchier then you might expect, and the seasonings and herbs from the pickle juice seep into the ground beef and cheese. The resulting stromboli is very tasty and flavorful, like a big juicy cheeseburger in dough instead of on a bun. Here’s how to make a Cheeseburger Stromboli.
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- frying pan
- mixing bowl
- cookie sheet
- 1x 15 oz refrigerated fresh pizza dough
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Vlasic Farmers Garden Pickles spears, sliced lengthwise in half
- 1/8 cup ketchup
- onion powder (1 tsp)
- garlic powder (1 tsp)
- 1/2-1 tsp butter or margarine (I used Country Crock)
- garlic powder (not much, just enough to sprinkle across crust)
- parsley (not much, just enough to sprinkle across crust)
Leave dough out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before making the dish.
Preheat oven to 425 f.
Brown the ground beef.
Spray cookie sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In medium sized bowl combine coked ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, ketchup, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well.
Form medium to large rectangle with the dough on cookie sheet.
Place the ground beef mixture onto the dough. Place it mainly in the middle, do not go all the way to the ends of the dough. Place the pickle slices on top of the mixture.
Fold the dough. Start lengthwise and pull dough from both sides to the middle, pinching closed when they meet. Fold a small amount of each end over and pinch closed.
Brush or spread the butter in a thin layer across the entire crust. Sprinkle parsley and a little garlic powder.
Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.
What’s your favorite thing to eat with pickles? Or, what’s your favorite tailgating food?