Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FFwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

You can scold me.
I am late for my French Friday's with Dorie post.
I know today is not Friday. 

Friday was my birthday so I'm allowed a pass. I was pre-occupied with fun birthday festivities! I went to a French restaurant for lunch, does that count?
The recipe for this burger can be found in Dorie's book, Around My French Table, which I hope you've bought by now. If not, The New York Times published it online a few years ago. 

You got lucky this time.

I was very excited to try this recipe out because it includes many yummy tidbits that I love such as sun-dried tomatoes, capers and onion marmalade. The capers are pungent little flavor buds that complement nicely with the herbs and pickles. The onion marmalade was incredibly easy to make and was not sour or tart, as you might think. I am racking my brain trying to think of what else I can do with all the insides of this burger, minus the meat. Perhaps it would make a tasty relish to top chicken breasts with? Stay tuned on that.

I've never put fresh shredded Parmesan cheese on a burger, but I am not opposed to it anymore! You have to be open-minded when it comes to cheese. (It's a foodie rule.) It's a completely different taste than Cheddar or American cheese. You almost forget that you are eating a burger. Each bite was packed with flavor, that's for sure, but it did almost fall apart on the grill. It's a good thing my fiance is a master of the grill - he caught them before they fell to oblivion in the grates. I noticed that some other bloggers turned their burgers into a meatloaf which is a wonderful idea! That would have helped with the crumbling problem.

If you are looking for a juicy, cheesey, meaty burger - this is not for you. If you are looking for a sophisticated  bistro burger, then go get 'em! Check out everyone else's posts here.

Tutti Mangia! 


Cher said...

I agree that the burger add-ins would make a tasty add-on to something... Chicken is a good thought.
Glad you enjoyed!

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