Friday, August 3, 2012
A Very Bacon Cheeseburger
So I admit there is nothing clever about what I'm doing here. It just sounded like fun. It all started this way:
But my indoor grill works quite nicely for what it is, and I grilled these burgers in the kitchen.
It was a wonderful burger. I had thought there was a chance - a good chance, actually - that this whole ordeal would be going overboard. But the blend of the bacon into the beef was really quite subtle. Elizabeth's dad didn't even realize there was bacon in the patty until I mentioned it to him. He also, by the way, gave me the thumbs-up sign three times while eating. I've never received more than one from him during a meal. (Except when he gives me two in quick succession, indicating that I need to turn up the volume during Jeopardy. But that doesn't really count.)
Would I make it the exact same way again? No. The Baconnaise was too much. I can see the appeal of adding it to a BLT, or perhaps dipping onion rings into the sauce, but there was no need for it here. The patty, bacon slices, and especially the bacon-horseradish cheese all played off each other quite well. The mayo asserted itself instead of playing well with the others. If I were to do this again (and I doubt I will - the brisket/short rib burger patties are better) the baconnaise would not be welcome.
I sent a photo of the burger to some good friends, asking if it was too much. One of them responded "Holy heart attack, hombre."
But my favorite response was this: "Last night I dreamed that my bed was made out of bacon, so no, I don't think so."
Have a great weekend.
Posted by JustinM at 9:30 AM