I’m really beginning to wonder if one of the symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome is a lack of interest in cooking, and a lack of interest in photographing the results when you do feel like cooking.
Because that seems to be my life ever since The Young One left for college.
Seriously – Beloved and I are living off of eggs, simply cooked meats and vegetables, fruits and ferments…lots and lots of ferments. (Ferments = easy, nutritious and delicious.) It suits our lives right now, and I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’m rather enjoying it all. No kids. No pets. Just me, Beloved, and episodes of Orange is the New Black and 24 on Netflix. Life is good.
At any rate, I’m sure my interest in cooking and food photography will return eventually, but in the meantime I’m going to post twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. And it will most likely be simple, easy dishes unless the mood strikes and I make something along the lines of the Apple Fritter recipe on a Sunday morning.
This is one of those simple recipes. It is also incredibly delicious – Beloved said it was the best burger he’s eaten in a very long time, and I have to concur with him. They are just marvelous.
The trick is not to overcook them; low and slow is the way to go. Check the temperature of the burgers and don’t let it go over 145 F, then cover them and put them in a warm oven for 10 minutes. The result is an incredibly juicy, flavorful burger.
I served this with Dilly Beans, Jalapenos en Escabeche (both of which are almost completely gone now) and roasted sweet potato wedges; it was a great dinner. Anyone interested in a recipe for the wedges? They were pretty darn good, too.
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- 2 pounds ground pork
- 4 ounces bacon, finely chopped
- 1 large apple, peeled and grated
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Gently combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Form 8 patties from the mixture.
- Heat a griddle or large frying pan over medium-low heat; cook the burgers until the internal temperature reaches 145 F.
- Place the burgers on a large plate or platter; cover with aluminum foil and place in a warm oven. Allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- Nutrition (per serving): 434 calories, 35.1g total fat, 106.1mg cholesterol, 621.8mg sodium, 395.7mg potassium, 3.9g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 2.8g sugar, 24.4g protein