4th of July Juicy Burgers and a Red, White and Blue Dessert

Here come the flags and fireworks! The 4th of July, with orchestras playing and splashes of explosive fireworks, is arriving this week.

We like to do the traditional route of burgers and hot dogs on the grill. This year the menu will include a lemon cole slaw and a potato salad with shallots, vinegar and herbs.

We’ll make the trip to Trader Joe’s for their brioche hamburger buns because they make every burger better.

The guys like their hamburgers with cheese. We use a grill pan that fits on the grill grates and helps create a nice sear on the outside of the burger for a crunchy exterior.

The pan heats up on the grill grates and the burgers cook evenly. To give the burger flavor, we use Worcestershire and soy sauce like we do with our steaks.

We also make a panade which are bits od bread soaked in milk that get mixed in with the meat. This combination keeps the burgers moist and juicy.

What also  helps keep a burger moist? Water. Water in the form of steam.

People tend to press the burgers on the grill as they cook. All that does is press all the moisture out of the burgers. Place the burgers on a hot grill pan and don’t touch them.

Allow them to sit and develop a caramelized outer layer. Flip the burgers to get a crust on the other side. What needs to happen now is to finish cooking the interior of the burger, with the lid closed, to trap the heat and create an oven-like environment.

After the other side of the burger has a sear on it, pour some water on the super-hot grill pan. The water will immediately hiss and create a cloud of steam. Quickly close the grill top and trap that steam around the burgers.

If you are making cheeseburgers place the slices of cheese on top of the burgers before you add the water on the pan and close the lid.

A swim in the pool, some hamburgers, potato salad and cole slaw, followed by a red, white and blue dessert. The guys don’t believe they are eating cheese when they are served ricotta with honey swirled into the creamy cheese and topped with fruit.

They believe that a dessert can’t have cheese in it in any form.

For the 4th of July it will be slices of strawberries and blueberries that are just peaking on our blueberry bush with scoops of ricotta and mint leaves.

The blogathon for 2014 has come to an end. A post every day for the month of June. Cue the fireworks!



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