CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY! SERVE UP THESE INCREDIBLE BURGERS, SLOW COOKED BAKED BEANS

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MEMORIAL DAY BURGER RECIPE CRISTINA FERRARE

Here is a recipe for an outstanding burger for your Memorial Day Celebration! It’s vital in order to have the juiciest, freshest, beefiest flavor for your burgers is that you have your butcher grind a fresh chuck roast and ask him to grind it for hamburgers. You won’t believe what a difference it makes in the flavor of the burgers, they come out juicy, moist, and full of beefy flavor. I use a cast-iron skillet to make these burgers. It’s important that you fire up the pan REALLY hot, that way when you place your burger in it sears the meat immediately trapping all the juices inside. You can also use an outdoor grill!

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INGREDIENTS

Makes 6-5 ounce burgers

4 to 5-lb. pound chuck roast ground fresh from your butcher for hamburger

2 tablespoons of Safflower

Kosher salt for sprinkling

6 slices extra thick sharp cheddar cheese slices

1 package of Brioche bread or whole-wheat hamburger buns

2 Tablespoons Sunflower oil

Kosher dill pickles sliced lengthwise. They come that way in a jar.

2 cups frisee (curly kind)  lettuce or favorite lettuce

6 extra-long toothpicks

INSTRUCTIONS

If using brioche buns, Shape 6 (5-ounce) hamburger meat into 5-1/2″ wide, 1″ thick oval patties. Be careful not to pack the meat tightly, it dries out the burger.

If using regular hamburger buns, shape the patties round  5″ inches wide & 1″ thick

Sprinkle a couple of healthy pinches of kosher salt over the top and bottom of the burgers. Crack some pepper over both sides as well to taste.

In general, follow these total grilling times:

FOR RARE BURGERS, COOK FOR 4 MINUTES TOTAL              2 minutes each side
MEDIUM-RARE BURGERS COOK FOR 5 MINUTES TOTAL        2-1/2 minutes each side
MEDIUM BURGERS, COOK FOR 6 TO 7 MINUTES TOTAL          3 minutes
WELL DONE BURGERS, COOK FOR 8 TO  MINUTES TOTAL   4 minutes each side 

Heat a cast-iron skillet on high heat for 1 minute, until super- hot, about five minutes. Add oil and use a paper towel to spread the oil all over the bottom of the skillet. If using an outdoor grill make sure it is SUPER HOT before adding the burgers!

Add the burgers to the skillet or grill and cook according to the doneness you desire using the grill times.

If adding cheese add a slice1 one minute before the burgers are done. Cover with a lid to help melt the cheese

Remove burgers and place them on a warm plate by the stove (do not cover). Let them rest while you lightly toast the Brioche buns in the skillet for 30 to 45 seconds.

On clean plates, assemble the burgers and buns. Place the bottom of the bun on the plate and add a heaping Tablespoon of ketchup and spread, add the burger, small handful of frisee lettuce on top, top with 2 pickle slices. Add top of the bun, secure with toothpicks.

You can add any condiment you like, I like only ketchup because it brightens up your taste buds with its’ slightly acid, slightly sweet tomato taste. However, I can honestly tell you, these are so over-the-top tasty that you don’t need anything on them other than the bun. You are now ready to bite into the tastiest, juiciest hamburger. So simple, Enjoy!

BAKED BEANS

Serves 10 to 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 -28 oz. cans of “Bush’s” vegetarian baked beans

3 heaping tablespoons Dijon mustard

1-12 oz. jar of HOMADE, (Yes that is how it’s spelled) Chili Sauce

1/2 cup Ketchup

3 tablespoons organic pure maple sugar

2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4  pancetta chopped into small chunks, the size of your pinkie fingernail

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion peeled and diced small, approximately 2 cups

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 200 F.

Pour into a large bowl two cans of beans, add Dijon mustard, chili sauce, Ketchup, Maple syrup, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. “Fold” all the ingredients together using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula so you don’t break apart the tender beans until all ingredients are incorporated. Set aside.

In a cast-iron skillet or ovenproof clay pot that has a lid, or Dutch oven), turn heat to low, add pancetta and saute until crisp. Remove the pancetta from the pan and set it aside. Raise heat to medium-high, add the olive oil, and onion, cook for 8 to10 minutes until they are soft and translucent. Add the pancetta and mix together. “Fold” into the bowl of beans gently.

Cover the skillet or pot with the lid and slow bake for 6 hours

You can also use a slow cooker or ceramic clay crock pot like the one in the photo!

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