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
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
- 2.25 pounds ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 20 tomato slices
- 8 burger buns
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
- 1 Cup Crushed Tortilla Chips
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Sriracha
- 1 Shallot
- 2 Jalapenos
- 15-20 Baby Bella Mushrooms
- Mix ingredients
- Clean mushrooms
- Stuff mushrooms
- Cook at 400 for 15 minutes