Saturday, June 27, 2015


serves four

2 pounds of ground beef 80% lean/20% fat blend
8 slices of apple wood smoked bacon
8 ounces Crescenza cheese
8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
4 brioche buns, or alternative artisanal bread, toasted
8 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing (recipe below)
Handful of washed wild arugula

Thousand Island dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 ounce pickles, minced
1/2 ounce shallots, minced
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium high heat, coat with olive oil. In a bowl, combine beef and salt and pepper to taste to form four 5-inch patties. Cook patties for about 8-9 minutes in pan, flipping once, to desired doneness. While burgers are cooking, place all the bacon in a skillet, cook for about 5 minutes on each side, reserve. Just before patties are cooked, place the Crescenza and Gorgonzola on top until melted; remove from heat and let rest.

Mix ingredients for the Thousand Island dressing in a bowl and set aside.

Halve the toasted brioche buns, then spread dressing on each side. Layer the bacon and arugula to complete the burger. Serve warm.

bacon recipe source: 25 Degrees Restaurant, 412 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; Katherine Spiers, KCET, May 7, 2013

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