All-American Open-Faced Hamburgers & Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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Dinner 7

All-American Open-Faced Hamburgers & Baked Sweet Potato Chips

All-American Open-Faced Hamburgers

In the late 18th century, to attract German sailors, food stands along the New York harbor offered “steak cooked in the Hamburg style”. Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas, is believed to have sold what Americans would traditionally consider “hamburgers” at his café in the late 1880s, then brought them to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

The rest, as they say, is history!

Yield: 2 servings          Active Time: 25 min.   Total Time: 55 min.

1/3 tsp. salt
1 dash black pepper
Coarse sea salt
1 whole wheat hamburger bun
2 lettuce leaves
1/2 medium tomato, sliced
1 large pickle, sliced
1/2 large red onion, sliced
2 tsp. light mayonnaise (opt.)
2 tsp. Mustard (opt.)
2 tsp. ketchup (opt.)
1/2 lb. lean ground beef

Divide the meat into equal portions and form it (gently) into 1-inch thick patties, with a slight dimple in the middle. Do not overwork the meat. Prepare a grill for two-temperature cooking, medium-high and medium heat.

Put the hamburgers over medium-high heat and cook for about 4 minutes. Flip the hamburgers over to the medium heat, and grill, for about 9 to 10 minutes; and then transfer to a platter, and let rest 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt just prior to serving. While the meat rests, you can toast the buns on the heated grill grate

The way to guarantee a great burger is to use the proper cuts of meat, with a good amount of fat; to season it before grinding it and to combine all the ingredients with a light hand–do NOT overwork the mixture.

Also, check out the blog posts, “Making the perfect hamburger patty” and “How to grill a perfect hamburger”.

Sweet Potato Chips (7b)

Yield: 2 servings          Active Time: 25 min.   Total Time: 55 min.

1 small sweet potato, peeled
Canola oil for deep-frying

Slice the sweet potato very thinly with a mandolin or other vegetable peeler.

Pour 3 inches of oil into a Dutch oven or deep pot and heat over medium-high heat to 325F.

Preheat the oven to 200F. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet and line the rack with paper towels.

Add 1/2 of the slices to the hot oil and cook turning once, until golden brown, about 2 1/2 minutes total.

Immediately season with salt, and transfer to the paper towels (in oven) to stay warm until serving.


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