Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello

Hosted by Michael Chiarello

Burger Smackdown

It's another faceoff between the Italian Stallion, Michael Chiarello and the Ragin' Cajun, Jan Birnbaum. The challenge this time? We're going all American with a contest to make the best burgers ever. Gentlemen, start your grills!


Day Before Party:

  • Put 2 ½ cups of water in bowl, with salt, and lemon juice for Poached Peaches Della Nonna.

  • Cut vanilla beans in half for the boiling water.

  • Peel peaches and poach for 4 or 5 minutes.

  • Cut potatoes into 6 wedges for steak fries.

  • Put potatoes in cool water, with salt and bring to boil.

  • Remove peaches and let cool.

  • Put pint of raspberries and poaching liquid into a blender and puree. Strain.

  • Mix hamburger meat with olive oil, and pre-peeled roasted garlic pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.

  • Toss potatoes into mix of olive oil and barbeque spice.

2 Hours Before Party:

  • On a pre-heated pan place potato wedges into a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

  • Cut up portabella mushrooms and put in pan with 6 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Mix Dijon mustard, garlic paste, thyme, salt, pickle juice, pickles, and peppers for a condiment.

  • Add a ¼ cup of shallots, 2 tablespoons of sliced garlic, and two teaspoons of thyme, salt, and pepper. Add a cup of red wine.

  • Toss in a ½ cup of parsley.

  • Cut onions. Marinate with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and red wine.

  • Mix hamburger meat with tobassco sauce. Mold into patties.

At Party:

  • Put hamburgers and onions on grill. Baste hamburger with garlic oil.

  • Top burger with blue cheese.

  • Mix Wet n’ Slippery.

  • Top burger with condiment and sautéed mushrooms.

  • Top burger with onions.

Eat and Enjoy!
(Episode: MO0409)

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