Thanksgiving leftovers don’t have to suck. I mean they can, and after 3 days of the same exact thing, they usually do. But they can be reimagined in non-sucking ways. Take cranberry sauce, for instance.
Leftover cranberry sauce is something that I firmly believe can never be a bad thing. Cranberries themselves are good with chocolate, turkey, tequila, and even cheese. And cranberry sauce can be slathered on and in anything. Like hamburgers.
We’re “blessed” with the kind of weather that allows us to grill nearly year-round in southeast Texas. There are still plenty of times that I’d like to trade 10-day forecasts with a further-up-north friend – it really is a little depressing to need the AC on Thanksgiving. But being able to grill fajitas and enjoy a pitcher of Pomegranate Margaritas under a gorgeous, fiery Texas sunset is a trade-off that’s gets easier and easier to accept, the farther away we get from the oppressive heat of August. And September…
And let’s be real here. All but 3 days of October, too.
But the weather has changed enough to allow a person to believe that the holidays are fast approaching and I can now get my annual overdose of cranberries and grapefruit and Christmas Vacation.
Fancy Burger Night last week was the perfect way to help use up some of the leftover cranberry-apricot chutney. And the little bit of brie that I somehow managed not to eat all by myself.
The tangy, barely sweet cranberry sauce is the perfect balance to the rich, buttery brie. We used ground beef for the burgers but ground turkey would be just as good, if not better!
Once a week, we have Fancy Burger Night. We take a pound of lean ground beef and try to make it the unleanest thing we’ll eat all week. And that right there, that was my husband’s latest contribution, The Eggs Benedict Burger.
It’s part breakfast, part dinner, and part 75% arterial blockage. Okay maybe it isn’t that terrible for you…
Crispy bacon, a poached egg, and a spoonful of dreamy hollandaise sauce top a plain burger. Okay, it’s definitely that terrible for you.
Eggs Benedict Burger
Crispy bacon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce top this dinner-meets-breakfast burger.
For the hollandaise sauce:
3 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp water
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
For the burgers
1 lb lean ground beef
3 eggs, fried or poached
3 slices of bacon, cooked to a crisp
English muffins or burger buns
Heat grill to medium-high heat.
In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk egg yolks with water, whisking vigorously, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice.
Whisk in 1-2 pieces of butter at a time until melted.
Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over the doubler boiler, whisking occasionally and adding 1-2 tsp hot water if the sauce thickens too much.
Season ground beef with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and a few dashes of Worcestershire.
Divide ground beef into 3 equal portions and form into a patty.
Cook on the grill 4-5 minutes each side, until cooked to desired doneness.
Assemble on buns and top with crispy bacon, an egg, and a spoonful of hollandaise sauce.