Make a Mac n’ Cheese Burger!

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Looking for a treat for the big game?  Dan Whalen is the author of, 'Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook' and he showed us how to make a Mac N' Cheese Burger.

 

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger

 

Ingredients:

Mac n' Cheese

  • ½ small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces Jack cheese
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Salt

Burgers

  • 2.25 pounds ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 20 tomato slices
  • 8 burger buns

 

Directions: 

1. Dice the onion very small. Mince the garlic. Grate

the cheeses. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your pasta until al dente

according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook the onion in the butter for about

5 minutes. Toss in the garlic. Next, add the flour and whisk well to combine. Cook for

about 3 minutes, stirring the whole time, until the flour turns a slightly toasted hue.

Add the milk and whisk well to eliminate any lumps. Bring to a simmer and remove

from the heat. Add the pasta, then mix in the cheese. Stir until all the cheese melts,

which should happen naturally, but you can put it back on to low heat if necessary.

Taste and add salt if necessary, as all cheeses have different salt contents. Pour the

pasta onto a 9 x 13-inch pan lined with parchment paper and smooth

out into a thin layer. refrigerate until hardened, about 2 hours.

 

2. Cut your sheet of mac and cheese into rounds about 3 ¼ inches in diameter

to facilitate burgers that will be 4 to 4 ½ inches round. A cookie cutter

will help with this task if you have one that is the right size. You should be able to get

10 or 11 mac and cheese patties out of this if you cut it right.

 

3. Roll your beef out thin (about ½ inch ) and lightly season with salt

and pepper. Place a mac and cheese round onto the beef and wrap the pasta in the

meat. Tightly seal and press out any air.

 

4. Mix the breadcrumbs with the olive oil. Lay your tomatoes on a sheet pan and press

some breadcrumbs onto each tomato round. Broil the tomatoes for a minute or two

to brown the breadcrumbs.

 

5. Cook IT: Grill your burgers for about 7 minutes per side, being sure to close the grill

or cover the burgers so that the pasta inside is heated through. If you see any cheese

starting to explode out of the burger, take it off the grill. Build the burger by putting

one of the patties on the bottom bun, topping with two breadcrumb-coated tomato

slices and then the top bun.

 

 

Cheddar Siracha Stuffed Mushrooms

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Sriracha
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 15-20 Baby Bella Mushrooms

 

Directions: 

  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Clean mushrooms
  3. Stuff mushrooms
  4. Cook at 400 for 15 minutes

 

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