Sorry for the month-long absence, but besides shooting an engagement shoot one May weekend, assisting basic photography workshop on another weekend – I have no excuse but just to say we are lazy… or maybe we just don’t have the time – I apologize.
Oh oh, and another May weekend was spent in New York! Which leads me to this post’s recipe – Blue Cheese Burger.
On our second day in New York , we met up with Royal Chef‘s good friends from Canada, who he hasn’t seen for almost 5 years. We had a nice late lunch at Pete’s Tavern (though I had a crappy salad) and Peter ordered this huge 10 oz. Blue Cheese Burger (the online menu says USD 9.75, but i think it’s actually USD 12.95).
This is our version of Blue Cheese Burger, sans expensive bill.
Ingredients: serves 2
350 grams ground beef
1/4 big onion – sliced
1/4 big onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/4 cup blue cheese
tomato – sliced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 burger buns
salt, pepper and chili to taste
1. Fry chopped onions in low/medium heat until it turns transparent
2. Add in minced garlic, fry for a few more minutes. Add salt, pepper and chili to taste.
3. Set aside and let it cool
Tip: It’s important to let the onions and garlic cool, because next step might cook the raw meat if mixed in the hot onions.
*4. Mix the fried onions/garlic and bread crumbs in the ground beef, knead well.
*Tip: Add more bread crumbs to bind the meat together
5. Separate the big ball of meat into two and mold them into patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
Tip: Try not to handle the meat too much
6. Heat up your grill on high heat
7. Brush some olive oil on your patties
8. Place the patties and cook for 3 minutes one side, flip over and cook for another 3 minutes
9. Pre-heat your oven
10. Stick the whole pan with the patties in the oven and heat for about 5 minutes
11. Put bits of blue cheese on top of the patty and heat for another 5 minutes
12. Prepare the buns, lettuce, tomatoes and onions
13. Take out the patties, assemble and enjoy!
Tip: Royal Chef’s friend, Murphy, is a Burger Boss. There is a certain way that a hamburger should be assembled. From what I remember, from the bottom up is: bun, tomatoes, patty, onions, lettuce and another bun.
3/4 inch burger patty
The rest of the ingredients
Burger so good
Heating in the oven
To make the most out of the beef juice, dip the buns in the drippings and heat the buns in a pan for a few minutes. Shame our Chinese buns are puny.
Delicious blue cheese oozing
Royal British Standards rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars. What’s missing? Pickles!
It cost us less than 60 RMB to make this baby. The ground beef was about 13.50, the blue cheese 24.80 (but only used 3/4) + other ingredients = 60rmb = 10 USD, serves 2.