Yesterday was Mr. Scoop's birthday! Because I'm a loving girlfriend, I got him "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and "Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II". I hope not to become an X-Box Widow because of this.
I don't have a grill (I'm in an apartment), so here's what I did last night for dinner at Mr. Scoop's request:
The fried egg actually works really well with this. Paula Deen has a similar recipe.
The Colby Eight (with focaccia upgrade)
2 8 oz. beef patties (85% lean)
salt and pepper
2 1 oz. slices cheddar cheese
2 large eggs
1 8" round of focaccia (I used a rosemary and onion one from Panera)
Burger Condiments (although, because of the egg I'm partial to using only ketchup or chipotle hot sauce here)
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Slice focaccia in half lengthwise and then again through the middle. You should have four half moons.
Set aside while preparing the rest of the dish.
3. Heat a large heavy skillet to medium high. Season each side of the burgers with salt and pepper. Sear the burgers for about 3-4 minutes per side. Even if you like rare meat, they probably won't be done at this point because of the thickness. Remove to a baking pan and finish them in the oven for 7-10 minutes for medium rare to medium. 5-7 minutes for rare to medium rare. Add the cheese in the last 1 minute of cooking. Remove burgers from the oven and let them rest for at least 5 minutes.
4. While the burgers are resting, wipe out the skillet and lower to medium heat. You may want to add a little Pam or butter. Fry the eggs to desired doneness (Mr. Scoop likes his runny. I like them over-medium).
5. Assemble the burgers: Place a burger on each focaccia half. Top with a fried egg. Add whatever condiments you like. Top with other piece of focaccia. Eat immediately!
Serves 2 very hungry people.
Unfortunately, Mr. Scoop had to be in bed by 7 last night to get up for his job (otherwise, how would the masses get their much needed dose of rock and roll at 6 in the morning?). So, to compensate, he began drinking yesterday around 1pm. This is not an uncommon occurance. He sticks to beer, because the Jack Daniels experiment lead to blackouts and a strong desire to scale brick walls. That . lead to peeing on the neighbors as they walked by while screaming "Run the gauntlet, fuckers!"
We had complaints.
Since he's drinking for his job, I wonder if he can write it off on his taxes? There's got to be receipts around here someplace.
Anyway, tonight we will further the celebration by indulging in Memphis style BBQ ribs from Jake and Earl's Dixie Roadhouse. The food is excellent and any place favored that much by Aerosmith is all right in my book. An outstanding restaurant in an area with many great places to eat. If you are in the Boston area, take a trip to Moody Street in Waltham. Damn fine restaurants.
And, now I must prepare for more birthday madness.