Saturday, May 09, 2009

Brie & Shallot Parisian Burgers

One of my sister's girlfriends from college - whom I follow on Twitter (yes, I'm a stalker like that. Technically she's my girlfriend too, we shared a crazy weekend in Chicago together!) recently tweeted about a Brie and Shallot Burger recipe. Within seconds I was tweeting back asking for it.

Brie is like crack to me. I can't get enough. It's so stinkin' good. Hot, cold, room temperature. With wine, with water, on a sandwich, on a crostini, with crackers, with apples...I don't care. I want it. When asked if I could only take 5 things to an island...Brie was one! Matt, books, Chardonnay, and sushi were the others. (Is that bad I didn't bring my children?)

I digress, back to the Crack Burgers. Marisa was kind enough to share her recipe with me and I'm making them this week for dinner! So excited to use the arugula from our garden. It needs to be picked!
1 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

(Because I can't leave a good thing well enough alone and the thyme in my garden was begging to be picked along with the arugula....I added a tsp of minced garlic and a TBSP of minced thyme to the shallots when they were caramelizing)

1.5 lb ground chuck
3 T fine bread crumbs
3 T beef broth
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t freshly ground pepper
4 oz brie cheese, rind trimmed away and cut into 4 pieces

4 round crusty rolls
Whole grain mustard
2 cups baby arugula

Over low heat, combine the shallots, olive oil, garlic and thyme until they are caramel brown (about 20 min)
Let cool to room temperature.
Mix the patty ingredients, and form into 8 thin patties.
Place 1 oz of cheese in the center of 4 of the patties and top with remaining ones.

Pinch together the sides and pat patties flat.
Make sure there is a 1/3 inch of meat on the top and bottom of the cheese so it doesn't leak out when cooking.
Cook over direct high heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping once.
Assemble on rolls with mustard, arugula, and shallots.

Serve with Herb & Cheese Oven Roasted Fries and ENJOY (responsibly!)

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