Well, I decided to start posting some of the recipes I invent here for you to all try out.
I am a hobbyist cook. I enjoy creating gourmet meals that are not only good tasting, but a complete meal. Most of these meals are also price effective. To me, gourmet does not need to be expensive. That is a misconception from higher class restaurants that has spilled over to our everyday lives. Gourmet can be cheap.
As always, the best beverage for this meal is a great beer. I live in Germany, so I always use German beer. But a Microbrewery would also be great to compliment the dish. For this I would recommend a Pilsner or a Hefeweitzen beer.
I hope you enjoy these burgers and fries as much as we do.
Team U.S.A. Cheddar and Mushroom Burger
Ingredients: (makes 6 large burgers)
2 Lbs Ground Beef (Mixed Ground pork/beef, or Ground Pork)
Fine bread crumbs
20 White mushrooms
4 Medium onions
6 slices Cheddar Cheese, 3mm thick (Thicker for more flavor)
Sliced Dill Pickles
6 hamburger Buns
Crisco Vegetable shortening
About 2 hours before preparation of meal, mix ground beef, one egg and bread crumbs together with salt and pepper. create 6 large patties and place on plastic foil. separate patties by foil. place in refrigerator. This will ensure the patties retain their shape when cooking on grill or skillet.
Preheat a pan with a spoonful of Crisco. Cut onions in half, and then slice into 1/4 inch slices. Cut mushrooms into 1/2 inch thick slices and place into pan, frying them until the onions are beginning to brown. Add three large spoonfuls of honey and fry until onions start to become caramelized. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place pan to side.
Preheat grill or skillet, cook patties to desired wellness. place Cheddar cheese slice on patty 1-2 minutes before removing from heat. Allow enough time to simply melt the cheese, and not cook into the meat.
Toast the buns and place on a plate.
Place patty onto bottom bun, spoon onion/mushroom mix onto the top. Top with 2 pickle slices, one leaf of Lettuce and ketchup.
Twice Fried Fries
6 Large potatoes
Cut potatoes into 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick french fries. cutting the length of the potato is best.
place all slices into a large bowl, and sprinkle with chili powder, mixing together ensuring all fries are coated lightly. let the fries sit for about 5 minutes, allowing the powder to best adhere to the fries.
preheat deep fryer, and fry fries for about 5 minutes. Repeat process until all fries have been fried. Place fries into a bowl to hold until ready to cook for meal.
Place the fries back into the fryer for about 10 minutes. ensuring that they have been thoroughly cooked, and are a deep golden color. The color will vary based on the amount of chili powder placed on the fries. Obviously fry longer for a more crispy outside, and shorter for a more tender fry.
remove from fryer and place into a bowl, add a small amount of pepper, and then add salt to taste.
serve with a small bowl of ketchup, or your favorite condiment, enjoy.
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