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PAUNCH BURGER INSPIRED BY PARKS & REC

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4 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Chili

For the Chili

white onion

1 white onion

Garlic, crushed

Garlic, crushed

chili powder

2 tbsp chili powder

cayenne pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

sweet paprika

1 tsp sweet paprika

oregano

1 tsp oregano

ground beef

1 lb ground beef

crushed tomatoes

28 can crushed tomatoes

water

¼ cup water

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the Cheese Sauce

For the Cheese Sauce

5oz evaporated milk

1 can 5oz evaporated milk

sharp cheddar cheese, grated

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

cornstarch

1 tbsp cornstarch

For the Onion Rings

For the Onion Rings

large Spanish onions, sliced into thick rings

2 large Spanish onions, sliced into thick rings

cake flour

1 cup cake flour

cornstarch

½ cup cornstarch

baking powder

1 tsp baking powder

baking soda

½ tsp baking soda

Dash paprika (optional)

Dash paprika (optional)

beer

¾ cup beer

vodka

¼ cup vodka

qt vegetable oil

1 qt vegetable oil

qt peanut oil

1 qt peanut oil

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

For the Burger

For the Burger

Buns

Buns

beef patties, 1/3 each

3 lb beef patties, 1/3 each

yellow American cheese

3 slices yellow American cheese

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the Assembly

Ketchup

Ketchup

Lettuce

Lettuce

Burger buns

Burger buns

beef patties

3 beef patties

onion rings

3 onion rings

Fried egg

Fried egg

Chili

Chili

Cheese sauce

Cheese sauce

Fries

Fries

For the Chris’s Salad Dressing

For the Chris’s Salad Dressing

large lemon, squeezed

1 large lemon, squeezed

High quality olive oil

High quality olive oil

turmeric powder

2 tsp turmeric powder

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Chili

1.

Start by sauteing large white onion for minutes, then add in crushed garlic, chili powder, cayenne powder, sweet paprika, and oregano. Mix to combine and saute for additional 1-2 minutes.

white onion

1 white onion

Garlic, crushed

Garlic, crushed

chili powder

2 tbsp chili powder

cayenne pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

sweet paprika

1 tsp sweet paprika

oregano

1 tsp oregano

2.

Add ground beef, breaking into small pieces and saute for 5-7 minutes or no longer pink.

ground beef

1 lb ground beef

3.

Add crushed tomatoes along with water. Mix to combine and bring to a bare simmer. Partially cover letting simmer over low heat for 60-90 minutes.

crushed tomatoes

28 can crushed tomatoes

water

¼ cup water

4.

After the chili’s finished cooking, add kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cover to keep warm until ready to use. Can be made 3 days in advance.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

5.

For the Cheese Sauce

1.

Toss grated sharp cheddar cheese with cornstarch. Into a small saucepot, add evaporated milk and the cheddar cheese-cornstarch mixture. Optional, but you can add a dash or two of hot sauce.

cornstarch

1 tbsp cornstarch

sharp cheddar cheese, grated

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

5oz evaporated milk

1 can 5oz evaporated milk

2.

Mix until combined and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it has thickened into a cheese sauce. Set aside and keep warm.

3.

For the Onion Rings

1.

Start by slicing large Spanish onions into thick slices. Separate them into rings and spread them out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

large Spanish onions, sliced into thick rings

2 large Spanish onions, sliced into thick rings

2.

Place into the freezer until frozen solid, at least 1 hour. Once frozen, place into a large bowl filled with tepid water.

3.

Once thawed, gently peel off the inner membrane of the onion. Place the membrane-less onions on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

4.

In a bowl, add cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and an optional shake of paprika. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

cake flour

1 cup cake flour

baking powder

1 tsp baking powder

cornstarch

½ cup cornstarch

baking soda

½ tsp baking soda

Dash paprika (optional)

Dash paprika (optional)

5.

Combine beer with vodka in a measuring cup. Whisk the flour batter continuously while pouring in the beer and vodka mixture. You want the consistency of paint.

beer

¾ cup beer

vodka

¼ cup vodka

6.

On the stovetop, in a large pot heat vegetable oil and peanut oil to 375°F.

qt vegetable oil

1 qt vegetable oil

qt peanut oil

1 qt peanut oil

7.

Once 375°F is reached, dip the onion rings into the beer batter (let the excess drip off) and carefully drop into the frying oil. Let fry for 1 minute per side.

8.

After finished frying, place the onion ring(s) onto a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet to cool. Season with kosher salt while still warm. Keep warm in a 200°F oven during final preparations.

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

9.

For the Burger

1.

On a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat, quickly toast the top and bottom buns.

Buns

Buns

2.

Crank the heat up to high, add the three ⅓ pound patties to the pan. Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Allow the bottom to sear for 3-5 minutes until a deep crust forms and the burgers can lift freely off the cast iron. Place a small dimple in the middle of each patty to prevent the patties from puffing up.

beef patties, 1/3 each

beef patties, 1/3 each

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

3.

Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Kill the heat while topping each patty with a slice of yellow American cheese, adding a dash of water to the pan and covering to melt the cheese.

yellow American cheese

3 slices yellow American cheese

4.

For assembly, place a squirt of ketchup on the bottom bun, a small piece of lettuce followed by the first burger and onion ring, and another squirt of ketchup. Repeat this process 2 more times. Top with a fried egg then place the top bun on.

Ketchup

Ketchup

Lettuce

Lettuce

beef patties

3 beef patties

onion rings

3 onion rings

Burger buns

Burger buns

Fried egg

Fried egg

5.

Add a generous amount of chili to the pile of plated fries followed by a heaping amount of cheese sauce. Enjoy.

Chili

Chili

Cheese sauce

Cheese sauce

Fries

Fries

6.

For the Chris’s Salad Dressing

1.

In a small bowl, combine the juices of large lemon, equal parts high-quality olive oil, and turmeric. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.

large lemon, squeezed

1 large lemon, squeezed

High quality olive oil

High quality olive oil

turmeric powder

2 tsp turmeric powder

2.

Pour over the salad of choice. Enjoy

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