Saturday, August 27, 2011

An American Classic a la Francaise

French Fridays with Dorie...Hamburgers this week, and they were terrific!  Thank you, Dorie, for including this one in the book.

Here is my finished product:

No challenge for a food stylist there!  This is a grilled burger, with the oh-so-French additions of red onion marmalade, a cornichon-caper-tomato blend, and shavings of Parmesan (okay, Italian but close).  The verdict:  wonderful!  Two lucky kids even got to take the leftovers for lunch the next day, with nary a morsel left for hungry Mom and Dad.

Here is what I learned from this recipe:
  1. Gherkin is the English word for "cornichon."  Yes, I had to look it up.
  2. My Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor is not worth the space it takes up in the cupboard.
  3. A vegetable peeler is my new favorite way to slice Parmesan cheese.
Thanks for a great recipe!


Genkinaonna said...

I love it when a recipe is a learning experience! I'm also of the opinion that the mini chopper food processor is not worth the materials it's made with. I (lucky me!) did manage to snag the last leftover burger as lunch today. This time I americanized it by putting mayo, ketchup and cheddar on top. It was just as good that way!

Anonymous said...

i agree with you on the parmesean! I'm not going to grate it traditionally anymore, just slice ribbons :) err peel ribbons!

Adriana said...

Your kids are lucky! I made three patties out of a pound of ground chuck and now I'm wishing I had stretched it a bit more for leftovers.

Betsy said...

Hmmm, I do like my mini-chopper. I agree with you about this way of "grating" the Parmesan. It's easy and tres elegante!

Anonymous said...

I loved the vegetable peeler technique with the cheese - it works so well and looks great. I don't have a mini food processor, so all my chopping was done by hand. I bet your kids were happy to take the leftovers with them!

Anonymous said...

love what you learned! and your humor! my mini chopper bowl fits inside the big cuisinart and works very well. worth the investment.