Monday, February 28, 2011

Inside Out Burgers

Out of all the people that won the contest of the Food Network star, Guy Fieri has really become the most popular.  Outside of his two shows, he also has played host to food contests and been in several commercials. 

I think some of his appeal is that he is portrayed as the down to earth chef that makes real "man food" cuisine. "Man-food" is defined as a dish high in meat, made for taste (not for the calorie or fat conscious) and usually goes great with beer. This chef can be found at tailgate parties, the local diner and at the grill with steaks.  Easy to relate to as opposed to another chef that cooks squab in a pristine white chef's coat.

This inside out burger recipe falls right into the "man-food" category.  The patty has bacon, onions, chorizo and cheese all sandwiched between two mounds of beef. Then it is placed on a toasted Kaiser roll and topped with a chunky tomato sauce topping.

If you want to keep any sports fan from going to the pub to watch the game, break out the beer and these burgers.  Eventually, the pub may lose a few more patrons, so remember that this recipe is for 4 burgers.

Inside Out Burgers & Tomato Topping
courtesy of Guy Fieri/Food Network

Ingredients/tomato topping
One pinch each: mustard seed, allspice, celery salt
1/2 tsp dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs minced garlic
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1/4 cup diced red onions
8 Roma tomatoes (skinned, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch pieces)

In a saucepan over medium heat cook oil and onions together until onions are carmelized.  Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the additional ingredients.  Place saucepan back on stove and turn down heat to low.  Simmer for 30 minutes.

4 Kaiser rolls (split and toasted)
3 tbs uncooked chorizo (out of casing)
1/4 lb chopped bacon
1/2 cup minced red onions
1/2 lb sliced Swiss Cheese (8 slices)
1 lb ground chuck (80/20 mix)

Cook bacon and onions in pan over high heat, stirring until fat on bacon is translucent but not crisp.  Then stir in the chorizo and cook for an additional 3 minutes until done.  Spoon mixture onto paper towel and set aside.

Take the ground beef and divide into 8 equal pieces. Press each of the pieces into patties (4 inches wide). On each piece place one slice of cheese and fold in corners.  Then spread 1/4 of the chorizo/onion mixture onto the cheese.  Place more cheese on top, again folding in corners of the slice. Top it all off with another beef patty. Seal the sides and make sure that no chorizo or cheese sticks out of edge.  The patty should measure 4 inches wide and about 1 inch high. Continue this process until all four patties are formed.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Put patties in a pan and cook on stove top at medium heat for 4 minutes on each side.  Then transfer to a baking pan and cover with foil.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve immediately on toasted Kaiser rolls with the tomato ketchup sauce.