Juicy Susie's Mozzarella-Pineapple Burger with Eggplant Caponata

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Recipe by Chef Rochelle Anthony and Chef Christopher Terry,

Sandals Grande Antigua and Jumby Bay Resort

Rochelle and Christopher of The Smoking Grillers BBQ team from Antigua wooed crowds at the Cattleman’s BBQ Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico with their Juicy Susie’s fully loaded burger

Serves 2
INGREDIENTS: Eggplant Caponata

½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup white sugar
3 tbsp. raisins
1 small onion, diced
½ a red, yellow and green sweet pepper, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp. capers
2 small local eggplants, diced
½ cup tomato sauce
Olive oil for frying


1½ lb. quality ground beef
1 medium onion, grated
4 cloves garlic, crushed
6 local season peppers, finely diced
2 tsp. Susie’s Calypso Hot Sauce
Dash of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
8 oz. fresh Mozzarella, cubed
4 cored slices of Antigua Black Pineapple, grilled
4 burger buns, lightly toasted
Chipotle BBQ sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD for Caponata

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add vinegar, sugar and raisins and allow to reduce by half. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, peppers, celery garlic and capers sauté until softened.Add eggplant and cook for 5 mins. Add tomato sauce and vinegar reduction then allow mixture to simmer for a further 5 minutes before removing from heat. Set aside to cool.

Method for Burgers

In a bowl combine all beef patty ingredients except mozzarella. Divide the mixture into 4 balls. Scoop out a tablespoon of meat from the centre of each burger ball and reserve. Fill the hole with small cubes of mozzarella. Replace the reserved meat over the cheese. Gently flatten balls into patties and refrigerate for at least 30 mins. Pre-heat grill to medium-high, baste burgers with chipotle bbq sauce while grilling to your required doneness. Place grilled patty on a toasted burger bun. Top with grilled pineapple and caponata. Serve with an extra dash of Susie’s Calypso Hot Sauce for that unique Antiguan flavour.

Juicy Susie's Mozzarella Pineapple Burger Eggplant Caponata

Juicy Susie’s Mozzarella Pineapple Burger Eggplant Caponata

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