Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Ultimate Burger & Ceasar Salad

I have been on a search this summer, to find the ultimate burger recipe. I think this one is pretty close! I think it is always better to grind your own meat. We used top sirloin. Whatever cut you choose, you must ensure that there is enough fat included, otherwise the burger will be dry and mealy. Most of the research that I have found suggests a 15-20% ratio of fat to meat. If you are using a leaner cut of meat (like turkey), I would suggest adding some bacon to the mix, in order to up the fat ratio, so as to ensure a juicy burger!

I think a good burger needs no other accompaniment than an equally fantastic salad. Growing up in my house, salad almost always meant Caesar salad. This version (my mother's) is very garlicy, so I wouldn't suggest it prior to a first date or even if you have a job interview in the next week. But if you are happily in love (or happily single) and well employed, this salad is well worth the day or two of keeping your distance.

Ultimate Burger
~ makes 6 well sized burgers ~

2 lbs top sirloin beef, ground
1 egg
1/4 cup dry or fresh bread crumbs
1 T Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
4 drops liquid smoke
1/4 cup fresh Greek oregano (or rosemary), chopped fine
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
salt and ground pepper
fresh kaiser rolls

Combine all ingredients and form into six equal burgers.
Grill to medium.
Serve on kaiser rolls with sauce (recipe below)

1/2 cup mayo
large handful basil leaves, chopped fine
1 T lemon juice
1 T Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, chopped fine

Combine and serve!

Colleen's Caesar Salad
2 egg yolks
1 T lemon juice
8 shakes worcestershire sauce
2 t anchovy paste
2 T red wine vinegar
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 T Dijon mustard or 2 t dried mustard
salt and pepper
1/2 - 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large head romaine lettuce
1/4 red onion, chopped into rings
1 cup croutons
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

Combine first eight ingredients with a hand blender.
Slowly add olive oil, while blending, until desired consistency is reached (should be very creamy).
Toss dressing with lettuce, onions croutons and cheese.

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