To compliment my post about the Perfect Ground Beef Story, I came across a recipe from Martha Stewart’s kitchen for what she considers the Perfect Hamburger.
Love her or not, I hafta agree on this one and the ONLY thing I’d add would be … PORK FAT, of course.
The following is reposted from her site through Shine from Yahoo.ca.
“In the mood for a burger, but not keen on spending the rest of your day in a food coma? We’ve got just the thing: a savoury patty on a deliciously squishy bun. It’s got all the flavour of your favourite fast food joint … and even better, you can cook it right in your cast iron skillet. Season it up !”
Martha Stewart’s VERY best Burger
“1 1/4 pounds coarsely ground beef chuck (70 percent lean)
*of course I’D add PORK FAT* (ed)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 slices cheese
4 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened
4 potato sandwich rolls
1/4 cup diced white onion
1 dill pickle, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
4 teaspoons yellow mustard
1. Divide beef into 4 mounds, and gently form into patties. Evenly place on a 12-by-14-inch piece of plastic wrap. Place another piece of plastic on top.
2. Heat a griddle or 2 large cast-iron skillets over medium-high. Season both sides of patties with salt and pepper. Using your thumb, press an indentation in the centre of each patty. This will help prevent the “doming” while it cooks. Cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, flip, and top with cheese. Cook 2 minutes.
3. Butter cut sides of rolls, and toast on griddle until edges just start to brown, about 1 minute.
4. Sandwich burgers in rolls with onion, pickle, lettuce, and mustard.
Sour-salty pickles, spicy onions, and shards of cool iceberg lettuce are the best counterpoints to this greasy-in-a-good-way patty.
These patties freeze beautifully when layered with parchment in a freezer bag. After an hour at room temperature, they’re ready for the griddle.
A 70 percent lean meat mix is key for griddle-cooked burgers, which get crisp by sizzling in their own fat.
This guilty-pleasure burger begs for gooey, melty cheese.
Potato Rolls are our choice for their slight sweetness and optimally squishy centers. Butter them before toasting to highlight those qualities, and then add contrast with a smear of sharp mustard.”
There you have it folks and, thanks Martha … I agree with you on this burger!
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