It’s burger night! While the weather isn’t too bad for February, I still didn’t feel like firing up the grill, and rather than straight-up fry the burgers, I decided to steam them instead.
Take a pound and a half of ground beef and using a scale, portion it out and make a dozen or so 2 ounce patties.
Salt and pepper one side, then press in a dimple with your thumb to help keep them from puffing up into meatballs.
Slice up an onion. Fry it up in an electric skillet (set to 325°) with a couple tablespoons of oil and a pinch of salt until they start to brown a little.
Lay all the burgers on top of the onions, salted side down. Salt and pepper the other side, then put the lid on the skillet
Leave the lid on to let the steam from the onions cook the meat. You don’t even have to flip them! When they’re done, remove them (along with a healthy helping of onions!) onto small buns or rolls. I used King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls.
Take a cut-up chicken, rub the pieces down with olive oil, and salt and pepper them.
In a large oven-safe skillet, brown the chicken, a couple of minutes on both sides.
Take it off the heat and add a half cup of olive oil, forty peeled cloves of garlic, and top the chicken with about a dozen sprigs of fresh thyme.
Cover the skillet and pop it in the oven for an hour and a half.
Yes, that’s right… 90 minutes. That’s the one problem with this dish: it takes forever to bake, so it’s not a quick meal to make on a weekday. It’s totally worth it though, for what you can do when it comes out of the oven:
Slice up some French bread and brush one side with the now garlic-infused olive oil from the pan.
Toast under the broiler, flip, brush the other side, and toast again.
Grab some of the cooked garlic from the pan and you’ll find that it’s now spreadable. Put it on the toast for the best garlic bread you’ve ever had.
If you’re looking for a good pancake recipe, Alton Brown’s instant pancake mix is one of his better offerings. I make that almost weekly for the kids, usually with the addition of a half cup of chocolate chips.
This morning, I felt like doing something a little different with it, so here’s the modifications I made which turned out pretty good:
Follow the instructions to make Alton’s mix.
Use one cup of mix and one cup of whole wheat flour
Add to the dry ingredients:
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
After you combine the buttermilk/butter/egg yolk mixture, mash up two very ripe bananas and add them to the milk. Whisk to break up the mashed banana lump.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, mix just enough to combine, and make the pancakes!