If you’re a “Scandal” fan, of which I am, you have heard on several occasions them mention the infamous burger joint Gettysburger, Well you can only imagine the shock and awe that came across my face when I found out that Gettysburger did not exist. How was I gonna replicate one of their burgers, for the mid-season premier, if they didn’t really exist. In my mind I had already planned this post detailing how I went about gathering ingredients, prepping and then preparing my wonderful version of a Gettysburger burger. what would I do now?
I did the next best thing. I created a burger I felt would exist on the menu at Gettysburger. I created the Insde-Out Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with a side of Garlic Parmesan Steak Fries. I went as far to make the pickles from scratch and a chipotle mayo for the buns. I mean if you gonna go with something that doesn’t exist why not go all out.
I used half of an English cucumber cut on the bias. I then brined the slices in a heated mixture of salt, sugar, a crushed garlic clove, a few red pepper flakes, fresh dill, a bay leaf and vinegar.
Viola …..Pickles….. well they became pickles once the liquid cooled.
Then for the burger I did what my Mom taught me to do oh so many years ago. A package of onion-mushroom soup mix, black pepper, worcestershire sauce, an egg and a handful of breadcrumbs. Once combined I made a thin patty and placed a slice of cheddar cheese that I folded in half along the center of the patty. Then I made another patty and placed that on top of the first sealing the cheese in the middle.
Now all I had to do was cook them. I am about the slow and go when cooking a good burger. Medium heat and I never flatten the patty while cooking ( your squeezing all the luscious juices out…who wants a dry burger?). Haven’t you been told to not play with you food? Well don’t fiddle with your burger while it’s cooking let it do what it has to……that’s cook. I only turn my burger ONCE during cooking.
Besides the pickles and the burgers I also made a quick spread for my burger buns, Chipotle Mayo. I took a 1/4 cup of mayo and added 2 teaspoons of chipolte salsa ( you can find it in a can in the international section of your supermarket) and mixed. Depending on how spicy you like it you can add more or less of the chipotle salsa.
As for the Garlic Parmesan Steak Fries it was simple ( no I didn’t make the fries from scratch) I prepared a bag of steak fries in the oven ( I try to avoid frying as much as possible). I sprinkled them with some olive oil to help crisp them up in the oven and dusted them with a mixture of kosher salt and black pepper. About 5 minutes before they were to finished in the oven I heated a 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic. I pulled the fries from the oven dumped them in a bow,l added the heated olive oil along with a handful of shredded Parmesan and minced parsley. Then I tossed everything together making sure the fries were well coated. This was the end result of my hard work ( not that hard )
Yeah if I were running the Infamously Fictitious Gettysburger this would be on the menu.