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04.30.10 – Smokin’ Hot: The Thrill of the Grill

April 30, 2010

“Grilling is not just about lighting a fire.”

– Bobby Flay

Spring is the perfect time to get to grillin’ and chillin’ with family and friends.  The ladies of LDM feel inspired by the “Thrill of the Grill” event at Central Market – it is the time of year again!  Go ahead, pull out your “King of the Grill” apron, sweep off the porch/patio/deck, hover over some hot coals (or re-fill the propane tank, we don’t judge), prepare a refreshing beverage, and go for it!

Crunchburger (aka the Signature Burger)
by Bobby Flay @ Bobby’s Burger Palace

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck (80 percent lean) or ground turkey (90 percent lean)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
8 slices American cheese, each 1/4 inch thick
4 potato hamburger buns, split; toasted if desired
4 slices beefsteak tomato (optional)
4 leaves romaine lettuce (optional)
4 slices red onion (optional)
Horseradish Mustard Mayonnaise (optional)
4 handfuls of potato chips

Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.

Cook the burgers, using the oil and topping each one with 2 slices of cheese and a basting cover during the last minute of cooking.

Place the burgers on the bun bottoms and, if desired, top with tomato, lettuce, onion, and a dollop of horseradish mustard mayonnaise. Pile on the potato chips, top with the bun tops, and serve immediately.

Rose Sangria Spritzer
by Bobby Flay

2 bottles cold rose wine
1 green apple, thinly sliced
1 orange, halved and thinly sliced
1 pint fresh raspberries
Simple syrup, to taste
Ice cubes
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Club soda, cold, optional

Combine wine, apple, orange, raspberries in a pitcher, add simple syrup, to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Serve over ice, garnish with mint and top with a few splashes of club soda, if desired.

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