2012 Syrah – Mediterranean Sliders

2012 Syrah – This is a full-bodied wine with highlights of ripe plum and cassis.  The rich, full tannins lead to a long, elegant finish.  Drink now or age up to 5+ years.

Mediterranean Sliders
Serves 4 as a meal, 8 as an appetizer

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground lamb
1 Tbs minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Mix together all the ingredients and form into 8 equal patties (approx 2 oz each). Grill to desired internal temperature. Serve on mini buns with saffron aioli (recipe follows), sliced tomatoes, and lettuce leaves.

Saffron Aioli

1/8 tsp saffron threads
1 Tbs hot water
1 c mayonnaise
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tsp finely chopped garlic

Crumble the saffron into the hot water and let stand for 1 minute. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Add salt to taste. This will keep in your refrigerator for a week.