Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Stanford's Ultimate Burger Showdown
Thank you so much to Stanford's Ultimate Burger Showdown for this amazing opportunity participating in my first live cook-off!!!
Getting Ready to Cook
Chef Nate and I
Preparing My Winning Burger
Presenting My Winning Burger to the Judges
Applauding All the Contestants
I Won 3rd Place!!!
My Winning Burger Recipe:
Dreamy Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Balsamic Tomato Basil Jam and Mustard Aioli
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12-15 minutes
8 oz. ground beef, formed into a patty
1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
Balsamic Tomato Basil Jam
¼ c. cherry tomatoes
1 T. white sugar
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. fresh basil, minced
1 T. mayo
1 T. mustard
1 t. garlic, minced
2 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked
2 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1 ciabatta bun, cut in half and toasted
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Form beef into patty and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place burger patty over direct heat and cook to desired temperature about 12 to 15 minutes total depending on the desired temperature.
While burger is grilling prepare jam by combining tomatoes, sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and heat over medium. Cook until tomatoes bursts open, flavors meld then reduces into a jam, about 10 minutes. Stir in basil at end of cooking.
For the mustard aioli combine mayo, mustard and garlic in a small bowl; mix well.
To assemble burger smear aioli onto bottom bun, next place burger patty, top with blue cheese and bacon slices then smear jam onto top bun and place onto burger to complete. Enjoy!
*To cook bacon preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bacon slices on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet and cook until golden crisp, turning once half way through cooking, about 20 minutes.