Next up in the Dish It Your Way challenge: burgers. When I showed Shawn the list of themes weeks back when the challenge began, he made sure to ask me if I was participating in this one. The man loves a good burger...and boy is he picky as to what "good" entails.
Ever since our gluttony of watching all three seasons of Man V. Food in about a month on Netflix earlier this year, he's been pretty fixated on the Jucy Lucy. For those not aware, the Jucy Lucy originated in Minneapolis-area taverns and is famous for putting the cheese inside the burger. There is debate whether or not it has to be American cheese, but for this duo, it has to be anything other than American cheese. We've made them twice now with Tillamook cheddar and both times were phenomenal. Perfect, juicy burgers with a lovely cheesy surprise inside? Yes, please! We were heading over to a friend's house for a BBQ this weekend, so I decided to up the ante a bit and do bacon and blue cheese stuffed "jucy lucys" (and yes, "juicy" is misspelled on purpose).
Seriously, why wouldn't we have dessert? Stacey made these yummy little roasted blueberry cupcake treats. No, no bacon in these guys. [shudders at the thought]
If you can't tell, we love love LOVE burgers in any way, shape or form, but the Jucy Lucy has been topping our list all summer. And as many ways there are to make a great burger, the REAL secret of a great burger is....[this would be the point in the scene if this were a movie or book where I would have a heart attack or someone would shoot me and I couldn't reveal the secret to a great burger. Lucky for you, this is just a blog]...the secret is great meat. It starts and ends with quality beef. I am fortunate enough to have a great meat counter at our local grocery store, but if you don't, make an effort to go find yourself a good butcher or meat counter where you know you're getting the best meat. No amount of delicious toppings can hide poor quality.