Fabulous finds on the pages of Food & Wine magazine

Published 11:05 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You know I get Food & Wine magazine each month, and it’s a fabulous publication!

The recipes in the magazine are sometimes a little bit involved, but the results are well worth it.

This time of year, almost everyone is using their grill. During the evening, it’s so nice to walk out and smell food cooking from all different directions!

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The next time you’re out firing up the grill, here is something you might want to try.

This article was in Food & Wine. I’ve made something somewhat similar to this recipe before, and it was simply mouth watering!

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon grated onion

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

12 ounces thickly sliced bacon

1-1/3 pounds ground beef chuck

1-1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 6 slices

6 hamburger buns, split and toasted

6 iceberg lettuce leaves

6 slices of tomato

6 slices of red onion

In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the ketchup, red wine vinegar, onion, parsley, tarragon and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, turning once, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain and cut the bacon into large pieces.

Light a grill and fill a large bowl with ice water. Gently mix the ground chuck with the ground sirloin, salt and pepper. Form the meat into six 4-inch patties, about 1-1/4 inches thick.

Submerge the patties in the cold water and let soak for 30 seconds.

Immediately transfer the burgers to the grill and brush with some of the melted butter. Grill over high heat for 9 minutes for medium-rare meat, turning once or twice and brushing occasionally with butter. Top the burgers with the cheese during the last minute of grilling and let melt.

Spread the Russian dressing on the buns. Set the lettuce leaves and tomato slices on the bottom halves and top with the burgers, red onion and bacon. Close the burgers, cut in half and serve right away.

If this is half as good as it sounds — and knowing Food & Wine’s history, it is — this could really add some spark to your grill.

Until next time, have a good day today and a better day tomorrow!

Jennifer Whaley is owner and chef at Lemon Grass on Highway 80.