Monthly Archives: May 2015

Memorial Day Burgers with Mushroom and Fried Egg

Burger Recipe

One of my favorite food memories is tasting my first burger with a avocado and a fried egg.  It was absolutely amazing and something I have been replicating ever since. Plus who doesn’t love that extra bit of protein!

For Memorial Day, I’m cooking up burgers with Gorgonzola mushrooms, arugula, and of course a fried egg.  Don’t let the Gorgonzola egg combo scare you. I promise it’s divine.

First off the mushrooms.  I’m obsessed with just sauteing mushrooms making some kind of sauce and just eating it plain.  A bottle of red wine and mushrooms left on the stove for an hour turns into something quite magical.

Gorgonzola Mushrooms:

1/2 mushrooms sliced

3 oz gorgonzola crumbled

2tbs balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs olive oil

Method: Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet.  Once hot, add mushrooms and cook until they are soft and have released their juices.  Add balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and gorgonzola.  Stir to combine until the mushrooms resemble a saucy texture.

Burgers:

1lb 80% ground beef – Using lean ground beef in burgers is a sin.

salt and pepper

1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method: I don’t like to add much to my burgers.  Just a little salt and pepper will go a long way.  Fire up your grill until it reaches medium heat.  Form your burgers to be about 3/4 inch thick.  Don’t over “mush” them, just gently press together.  Place the burgers on the grill and close the lid.  Once juices form on the top of your burgers it’s time to flip about 5 minutes.  Cook another 4 minutes for a nice medium rare burger.  You can leave it on for an additional two minutes if you like yours well done.

Egg:

1 Egg

1tsb olive oil

Method: I like to fry my eggs in olive oil.  Heat up olive oil in a small non-stick skillet.  Wait about a minute or so to really warm up the pan.  Crack and egg in the middle and lower the heat to medium.  Wait until the whites are fully set and thick, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip the egg and cook for an additional 30 second to a minute.  This creates a nice runny egg.

Assembly: I like to top my burgers with extra crumbled gorgonzola, the mushrooms, arugula, and of course, the fried egg.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

I think making homemade bread is some sort of secret in the bakers world. I’m a self proclaimed non-baker. I cook, but any time flour gets mixed in I get lost. I have proven this theory by making a dynamite flourless chocolate cake.  However, I have recently discovered that making break is not that hard. In fact, it’s rather easy.  So easy that I would say that bread machines are a bigger scam than that Nigerian princess who has been emailing you.

The ability to crank out delicious crusty loaves will seriously change your life. Normally, I am all about making dough in my mixer, but this recipe is actually no knead! That’s right, your hands will rest easy. The hardest part is waiting for it to rise!

Ingredients:

3 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Teaspoons Salt

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

Method: In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Slowly stir in water using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy-like dough. Make sure to not overwork the dough.  This is a no knead recipe. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let rise for 8 – 24 hours in room temperature.

When dough is ready, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place a dutch oven into the preheated oven for 30 minutes to “warm” up.  While preheating, place dough onto a well floured surface and begin to shape dough into a ball.  I scored the dough with a knife to create a criss cross shape. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest.  Once the oven is preheated and the dutch oven has warmed, place the bread dough into the dutch oven. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes more.

*This recipe was adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

Enjoy 🙂

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