Okay, for all my preaching about healthy eating and watching red meat, etc….I have to admit, every now and again you just have to have a big fat juicy burger. HAVE to! Look at this beauty to the left and tell me it can be refused. It’s one of the Bleu Cheese and Bacon Burgers that Sandra Lee will be making on today’s Semi-Homemade and one of the Bleu Cheese and Bacon Burgers that Joi Sigers will be making in tonight’s kitchen in Kentucky.
The Bleu Cheese topping calls for Bleu Cheese crumbles and butter (My mouth’s watering already!) The burgers, themselves, include lean ground beef, real bacon pieces, Montreal steak seasoning, and more crumbled Bleu Cheese. It’s all served with condiments on toasted onion rolls. Click HERE for the Recipe.
A perfect side dish would be the Portobello Mushroom “Fries” that Rachael Ray will make on one of her 30 Minute Meals this afternoon. Unfortunately there wasn’t a picture available, so you’ll have to use your imagination. This recipe calls for large Portobello mushroom caps, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pepper, eggs, flat-leaf parsley, Italian bread crumbs, and grated Parmesan. Click HERE for this recipe.
A second side dish could be a pasta or tossed salad, or spaghetti squash with tomatoes and basil. With the heaviness of the burger, and the extravagance of the Portobello fries, I’d say something fairly light would be best. Otherwise, I’d go with Tyler’s Potatoes Gratin. As it is, I think I’ll save them for another day. Maybe for brunch this weekend, with ham and biscuits.
For dessert, you can never go wrong with chocolate OR with Ina, so we’ll finish the meal off with the Chocolate cake she’ll make on today’s Barefoot Contessa. “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake” is a cake after my own heart – the recipe calls for three of my very, very, very favorite culinary joys: Chocolate (of course), buttermilk, and coffee. How could it miss?
Ironically, on another one of my blogs I just wrote about exercise – then I turn right around and post about a meal like this. Oh, well… the weather’s getting gorgeous and my tennis shoes are dying to get busy, so bring on those burgers!