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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Big Fat Chicken Burger; Eight Layers of Satisfaction

Lettuce and Toamto + Cheese + Chicken Pattie + Barbecue Sauce + Sunny Side Up (Fried Egg) + Onion Rings + Pickled Cucumber + Barbeque sauce and Cabbage in a Toasted Sesame Bun = Eight Fold Satisfaction

How did I get to this? A combination of the Burger Episode in 'How I Met Your Mother' and a two week long craving for the Best burger in the World.
How did I achieve this large, gorgeous reward?

Want to know why I made burgers with eight layers of goodness? We all get hungry after watching movies and TV shows with those gorgeous pictures of food. I am talking about a particular episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ in which they described the best burger in the world. With the sesame toasted bun, the sweetness of the sauce and the pounded meat. That episode really makes me want to dig into ‘The Best Burger in the World’ as soon as I watch it. I was craving for burger but I didn’t want to rush to McDonalds, I wanted that burger, the exact same thing. If that craving was not already killing me, to top it my brother, Abhishek told me about a Big Burger at this little place in Pune called Burger Barn Café or Big Burger Barn, I don’t really remember the name. All I got from that was I want to eat a Big Burger, one that I have imagined. So, here is the translation of my imagination.

For One Burger

Layer One
Processed Cheese Slices (Cheddar),  2 slices
Put the cheese slices on the halves of the Sesame Bun before toasting them.

Layer Two
Iceberg Lettuce, shredded 1 cup
Tomato, slices  2
Put the lettuce over the cheese on the buns. Put a tomato slice on each both halves of the buns.

Layer Three
Chicken Patty

Cooked Chicken leftovers or minced chicken, cooked ½ cup
Spring Onion Greens, chopped 3 tablespoons
Garlic, peeled 3 cloves
Processed Cheese, grated   2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Black Pepper Powder   to taste
Refined Flour (seasoned with salt)   ¼  cup
Egg 1
Breadcrumbs   ½ cup
Vegetable Oil for frying
Grind and blend together cooked chicken, spring onion greens and garlic with salt and pepper.
Mash them together and mix well.
Add in the grated cheese, mash and mix properly into the chicken mixture.
If the mixture is too sticky add in a little refined flour.
Smear oil in your palm and round up the mixture, and then flatten it with your palm. The size of the patty should be exactly equal to the size of the halved bun in diameter. Refrigerate for fifteen minutes to let the shape set.
Dust the patty in refined flour.
Dip the patty in the egg and then roll it in breadcrumbs.
In a deep pan, heat the oil for frying. Once the oil is hot, add in the patty to the hot oil. Deep fry the patty until golden brown.
Remove the patty and keep it on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Place it over the lettuce with some Spicy Burger Sauce.

Layer Four
Sunny Side Up

Egg 1
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil 1 teaspoon
Heat oil in a pan, break the egg with the yolk facing upwards. Cook it on one side. Season it with salt and pepper.
Place it over the chicken patty.

Layer Five
Spicy Burger Sauce

Tomato Ketchup 3 tablespoon
Mustard Sauce 1 tablespoon
Garlic powder / garlic, minced 1 teaspoon
Onion dehydrated/ White onion, minced 2 teaspoons
Vinegar 2 teaspoons
Red Chilli Flakes or Cayenne Pepper ½ teaspoon
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Olive Oil 1 teaspoon
In a bowl, mix in the ketchup, mustard, garlic, onion, vinegar, red chilli flakes and sugar. The spicy burger sauce is ready.
Put a tablespoon full of the spicy burger sauce on top of the patty and spread it evenly.

Layer Six

Cabbage, shredded ½ cup
Spicy Burger Sauce 1 tablespoon
Squeeze out the excess water from the cabbage. Mix the shredded cabbage and spicy burger sauce in a bowl.
Place the coleslaw on the patty.

Layer Seven
Caramelised Onion Rings

Onion, peeled 1, large (Do not half the onion)
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Vegetable oil 1 teaspoon
Cut onion slices in the form of thin rings. Separate the rings.
Sprinkle salt and sugar over the onion and let it stand for five minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and add the onion rings. Toss the onion rings and allow them to turn caramel brown.
Add the onion rings on top of the coleslaw.

Layer Eight
Gherkins or Pickled Cucumber 4 slices

If gherkins slices are unavailable. Use pickled cucumber.
For pickled cucumber, peel cucumber and remove the marrow.

Cut 1 ½ inch lengthwise slices of the cucumber. Soak them in Vinegar salt and sugar for athree to four hours.
Add these on top of the onion rings

To finish, keep the other half of the toasted sesame bun with cheese on top of the eight layers of the burger.
Secure with the kelp of a wooden satay stick or a long toothpick and serve with chips.