Tropical Tidal Wave Dessert Burgers with Mascarpone Spread

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.


Mascarpone Spread:
1 cup mascarpone cheese
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon Garam Masala spice
Tropical Tidal Wave Burgers:
1 cup chopped, salted macadamia nuts
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
½ cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup couscous
1 ½ cups Sutter Home Zinfandel
1 cup dried sweetened blueberries
1 cup canned, crushed pineapple, squeezed dry
1 cup finely diced fresh or frozen mango
1 cup finely diced fresh or frozen peaches
¼ cup tahini
Colavita olive oil for brushing grill rack
6 large cinnamon rolls, without icing, split
6 Tablespoons chopped basil leaves



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make mascarpone spread, combine mascarpone cheese, brown sugar, lemon zest and Garam Masala in a small bowl. Mix well and refrigerate until serving. To make dessert burgers, toast nuts and coconut in a dry 12” skillet on the grill, stirring frequently for about 3-5 minutes, or until coconut is light brown. Pour onto a plate to cool slightly. Bring pineapple juice to a boil in a small saucepan on the grill. Remove from heat, stir in couscous, and cover. Let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Pour onto plate to cool slightly. Meanwhile, warm the Zinfandel in a small covered sauce pan on the grill for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, add blueberries, cover and let stand 10 minutes. Drain the blueberries, reserving the “flavored” Zinfandel to pour into a wine glass to sip while grilling. Reserving ½ cup for topping; pour macadamia-coconut mixture into a large bowl. Add cooked couscous, drained blueberries, pineapple, mango, peaches and tahini. Mix well and divide the mixture into 6 equal portions. Form the portions into patties to fit the rolls. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place patties on the rack, cover and grill until lightly browned on the bottom, about 2-4 minutes. Turn the patties and grill for 2-4 minutes more. During the last few minutes of cooking, place cinnamon rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, spread the cut side of each roll with a generous amount of mascarpone spread. Sprinkle the bottom rolls with 1 Tablespoon basil, top with a patty, and sprinkle with the reserved macadamia-coconut mixture. Add the roll tops and serve. Makes 6 dessert burgers.