date night ~ gypsy dinner

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Gypsy dinner is fun to put together and will help you use up a ton of those fresh garden veggies and herbs. Play romantic music while you work in the kitchen together and enjoy all the beautiful flavors and textures of these fragrant, colorful ingredients. We always make extra veggies and potatoes so we can fry them up the next morning with our eggs. YUM!

Start with a roasting pan that’s been lined with aluminum foil so it hangs off the edges on all sides.

preheat oven to 400 degrees F

serves 4

combine and form into 4 large patties:

1 lb. lean ground beef/pork mixture

1 egg

7 whole wheat crackers, crumbled

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

dash of pepper

place 5 potatoes, cut into wedges and 4 large carrots, cut into sticks, on top of the burgers

place 2 onions cut into thick slices and 10 baby bell peppers, halved, on top of carrots

place 2 fresh, chopped garden tomatoes and 2 salks of celery, coarse chopped, on top of peppers

place 12-15 unpeeled garlic cloves, fresh herb sprigs, and spices on top of the celery

(I used rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano sprigs, curry, paprika, red pepper flakes and a dash of cinnamon)

drizzle all with a little olive oil, a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of white wine

Wrap up tightly in the aluminum foil to seal in flavors and juices. Place lid on roasting pan.

Bake for 60-90 minutes, or until meat is cooked through and all veggies are tender.

Give everyone a patty and a little of everything else, squeeze garlic cloves over the top.

Serve with big chunks of warm, buttered baguette and your favorite wine.

We enjoyed dinner on our front porch by the romantic light of our candle chandelier.

What did you do for date night this week?

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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