In the Boca Raton home of Reed Alexander, the kitchen was the place where appetites went to die.
His parents, attorneys who ran individual practices outside the home, were never home to cook. When they were, Reed’s mother, Michele, was usually packing the two of them for Los Angeles where Reed acts and does commercials, most recently as a regular star on the hit Nickelodeon show “iCarly.”
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From “KewlBites,” by Reed Alexander
YIELD: 3 to 5 servings (2 to 3 sliders per serving)
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
11/2 pounds 90 percent lean ground sirloin beef
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon grated Cheddar cheese
10 whole wheat slider buns (if desired, hollow out extra bread)
Toppings of choice, such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions (optional)
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the onion, parsley, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper and pulse to combine. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, and stir until just incorporated.
Divide the meat into 10 equal portions and shape into balls. Make an indentation in the center of each ball with your thumb and fill with 1 teaspoon Cheddar. Cover the cheese with the meat and press down slightly to form a patty.
Preheat the grill to medium or heat a grill pan over medium heat on the stovetop. Lightly coat the grates with olive oil. Grill the sliders until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Place the patties on the buns, add toppings as desired, and serve.
Kewl Chopped Guacamole Salad
YIELD: 6 servings
4 ripe roma tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 large yellow tomato, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
4 ripe avocadoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 sweet white onion, cut into 1/4-inch chunks
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
In a large bowl, gently combine the red and yellow tomatoes, avocadoes, onion, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the lemon juice and toss lightly to combine.
Serve for lunch or in a bowl alongside chips for a snack or starter.