Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

With these burgers the secret is inside. By stuffing your burger patties with everything from cheese and bacon to mushrooms and onions you can make an extra special burger that is sure to impress anyone, after all, your local burger joint probably can't make patties like these.

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
4 burger buns
Lettuce, tomato, pickles for garnish

Preheat grill to medium.
In a bowl combine beef, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste, being careful not to over mix. Warm a skillet over medium heat and fry bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Keep heat on skillet and fry a pinch of the beef in the bacon fat to test seasoning. Adjust seasoning, if needed, then form 8 even thin patties, about 1/2-inch thick and set aside. Sauté onions in bacon fat in skillet until tender, 5 minutes. Place onions and bacon in a bowl with cheese. Form a spoonful of bacon-cheese mixture into a ball, then place in the center of 4 patties. Top each with another patty and seal the edges. Grill burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until desired doneness is reached, approximately 4 minutes each side for medium. Serve in buns with garnishes. Alternative: In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sear the burgers 4 minutes on each side.
Recipe from Sunny Anderson


1 (3-pound) corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine
16 cups cold water
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
1/2 large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges
8 small new potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), halved
Freshly ground black pepper
Serving suggestion: Whole-grain mustard or HORSERADISH SAUCE, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Place the corned beef in a colander in the sink and rinse well under cold running water.
Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid; add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with the mustard or horseradish sauce.
Note: Leftover corned beef makes great corned beef hash!

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons jarred grated horseradish (with liquid)
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, zest, and 2 teaspoons salt. Season generously with pepper to taste. Refrigerate the horseradish sauce for at least 30 minutes before serving.


4 pounds lean beef, cubed
4 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups hot water
2 large cans tomatoes
2 thin slices lemon
4 medium onions, sliced
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 tablespoons sugar
12 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
9 to 10 medium potatoes , quartered
Dash cloves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2 cans English peas

In a skillet, brown beef well in oil. When cooked, transfer to a large Dutch oven and mix in garlic well. Add water, tomatoes, lemon, onions, salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix well and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, potatoes, cloves, and crushed basil leaves. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender. Add canned peas and heat. If necessary, to thicken gravy, thicken with flour, dissolved in water. Serve hot
Recipes from Food Network

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