Thursday, April 2, 2009

Can I Haz Bacon Blue Cheeseburger?

This weekend we decided to take on the challenge of a good ol' american meal! Choosing not to conform to popular trend, we did not make sliders, but we did make burgers, and we went all the way! It was my first bacon and blue ever so nostalgic it wasn't , but delicious it was! We picked up some Heartland beef, Applegate Farm bacon, Blue cheese, and Organic Brown rice bread (for the gluten intolerant) and went at it.

2 Heartland organic beef patties (shaped into a more rounded form)
5 slices of Applegate bacon
4 oz Blue Cheese crumbles
1 tomato
some fresh baby greens
4 slices of Organic Brown Rice bread (or the bun of your choice)

Sweet Potato Fries:
3 sweet potatoes chopped into 1/2" x 1/2" sticks

Spicy Mayo:
1 egg
1/2 cup of oil
1 tbsp vinegar (or lemon juice)
2 tsp chili powder

First let's make your mayo. Wisk only the yolk of your one egg in a bowl. Next stir in the 1 tbsp of vinegar. Then, with a hand beater, beat in the olive oil very slowly. The pace at which you add the oil is very important. After the beater starts leaving traces in the mix, you've got mayo. Once you are satisfied with the consistency, add in the chili powder. Salt and pepper to taste...

Next get the fries in the oven. Preheat the oven to 450. Cut your sweet potatoes into 1/2" x 1/2" sticks and spead them evenly over a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with olive oil, salt and pepper and place in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15, flip the fries and cook them for 10 more minutes. They're done!!

After you get the fries in the oven, get the bacon going. Put the 5 strips in a skillet pan and cook 'til you reach desired crispiness. The first time around we over cooked the bacon. It was still delicious, don't get me wrong, but we could have done without the extra carbon in the body.

When the bacon is cooked, transfer it to a paper towel on one of your dinner plates. Then dump the bacon fat. Place your patties in the same, fatty, hot skillet. The patties cook quickly so make sure you prep everything else while these are sizzling. Chop the tomato, toast the bread, and don't forget to check on the fries!

After you flip the patties place a small yet generous mound of blue cheese on the cooked side of the pattie. Cover the skillet (with patties and cheese) for a couple minutes until the burgers are done. Once the burgers are done and the bread is toasted, it's time to assemble. Place the burger on the toast, the bacon on the cheese mound, the tomato on the bacon, and the lettuce on the tomato. Then top it with the remaining slice of bread.

At this point your fries should be done. Pull them out of the oven and immediately transfer them to a bowl, to prevent them from continuing to char! And that my friends is how to make a good ol' organic, [artificial] hormone and antibiotic free american meal! Enjoy!

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