So as a chef, I have been asked to be on some of these silly food shows that are out there. I have passed on most of them. As I do not want to cook on a mini stove, with one hand tied behind my back and my other in an oven mitt, while having to make ingredients like Twinkies, Sausage and Prunes into a dessert. But I did get asked to be on a show that ended up not getting aired, where I was asked to make my version of the best burger ever! One of the best burgers (well sliders) I ever had was at Joel Robuchons restaurant where we were served Foie Gras Sliders. Holy Guac!! They were the most amazing things ever, my husband and I even ordered a second round of them. Then they had to roll us out of the restaurant! Those incredible bites of those sliders are what inspired me to make my version of the best burger ever.
So, this will be a time wherel I’m not going to pass out the full recipe for my burger, due to the fact that its so freaking awesome, I have to keep some secrets to myself. I will however share the Bacon Jam Recipe that I used as a condiment to my burger. And trust me you will be okay with that! You will want to spread this jam on a packet of crackers and eat them while on a Netflix bender for sure!
But first let me tease you with what I put into my burger. My patty consists of some Waygu Beef, some other cuts and Foie Gras mixed in! Sounds incredible doesn’t it? Well to make the burger even better, I make homemade Brioche buns. Yeah, you know the bread that you can’t stop eating because its so buttery and delicious? Yes that one! I then lay down my patty with the foie gras onto of the brioche bun and top my patty with my most favorite cheese EVER, Mt. Tam Cheese by Cowgirl Creamery. When I was living in Napa my husband and I would go visit Cowgirl creamery and sit out on the grassy fields and eat this cheese, sometimes just all by its self. But back to the burger, I finish it off with a heaping spoonful of my bacon jam and spread truffle aioli onto the brioche bun.
And I’m sorry to say the only way your going to get my burger is if I love you enough to have you over our house to cook it for you! But please try my bacon jam and top your favorite burger recipe with it!
1 # Thick Cut Bentons Bacon, diced
2 red onions, small diced
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Coffee, brewed
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
2 TBS Whole Grain Mustard
In a cast iron skillet cook the bacon for about 7 minutes till the bacon is still chewy but some pieces are crispy. When done, remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add the onions to the rendered bacon fat and cook the onions till they are caramelized about 20 to 30 minutes. Then add the coffee, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and mustard. Stir to combine. And continue to cook for about 30 to 40 more minutes on med low or till the mixtures is nice and thick with a jam like consistency. Place the jam in a mason jar and serve or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.