Best Burger Ever

bacon, burger, dinner, lunch | March 4, 2016 | By

Have you ever had a burger that makes you want to stomp your feet and fist bump the person sitting next to you? That’s exactly what we did the first time we ate at Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach, FL a few years ago.  I remember biting into the Sweet Caroline burger for the first time, and thinking that it was simply the most amazing thing I had tasted in a very long time.  It’s topped with Vermont White Cheddar, bacon, and sweet barbecue sauce, and I always add the onion jam for an extra awesome kick.  Chef Jess and Chef Fresh usually build their own, but like to keep it simple…with the emphasis on the meat (which is so incredibly juicy!)

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We try to make a pit stop each time we’re in town, but it’s usually several months before we’re able to.  That’s an eternity for burger lovers like us.  Sooo….. we have worked really hard to come up with a recipe that truly rivals our beloved Grease burgers! 

We started by creating a list of what we LOVE in a burger.  Juiciness was top on the list because we all agreed that a dry burger is “a waste of meat.”  Chef Jess said that the cheese choice is big on her list, while Chef Fresh added that bacon is a non-negotiable.  My big thing is texture, and I like a bit of a crunch in my burger which can come from crisp lettuce.  But I really wanted to add crispy fried red onions for an extra pop of crunch. 🙂 

 

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Best Pancakes Ever

bacon, breakfast, pancakes | November 8, 2015 | By

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon and Chocolate Chip stuffed Pancakes

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 Need a breakfast/brunch inspiration?  Try these savory yet sweet buttermilk pancakes, stuffed with crispy bacon and chocolate chips.  Sooo incredibly fluffy!  Top them with homemade granola for a delectable crunch!  How many ways can you say yum????  (BTW..If you don’t feel up to making granola you can absolutely use store bought.  However, just know that it is super easy to make.)  🙂

 

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Best Pancakes Ever
The most amazing fluffy pancakes stuffed with chocolate and crispy bacon.
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For Granola
  1. •½ cup brown sugar
  2. •½ cup honey
  3. •¼ cup coconut oil
  4. •4 cups old fashioned oats
  5. •½ tsp nutmeg
  6. •¼ tsp salt
  7. •1 cup dried cherries
For Pancakes
  1. •2 cups flour
  2. •3 Tbsp white sugar
  3. •1½ tsp baking powder
  4. •1 tsp baking soda
  5. •¼ tsp salt
  6. •2 cups buttermilk
  7. •1½ tsp vanilla extract
  8. •½ tsp ground nutmeg
  9. •1 egg
  10. •¼ cup melted butter
  11. •8 slices of cooked and rough chopped Bacon
  12. •1 cup Chocolate Chips
For Granola
  1. 1.Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. 2.Combine brown sugar, honey and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat, and cook, stirring often until sugar is dissolved.
  3. 3.In a separate bowl, pour brown sugar mixture over oats and add nutmeg, dried cherries, and salt. Stir until oats are evenly coated.
  4. 4.Spread granola mixture over a cookie sheet (sprayed with pam) and press mixture down.
  5. 5.Place in oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
  6. 7.Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before breaking apart and into pieces.
  7. 8.Store in air tight container.
For Pancakes
  1. 1.Melt the butter and set aside to cool down slightly.
  2. 2.To a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to combine all dry ingredients well.
  3. 3.In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, vanilla, nutmeg, and egg. Whisk to combine. Add melted butter and whisk again.
  4. 4.Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add cooked bacon, and chocolate chips (leave a little of both for garnishing), whisking and stirring to mix it all together. Once it's combined, stop mixing. If you mix too much, the pancakes won't be light and fluffy.
  5. 5.Heat a large skillet or griddle over MED-LOW heat. Add a bit of butter to the preheated griddle and spread it out.
  6. 6.Use a ¼ or ⅓ cup measuring cup to scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle or skillet. Slowly pour it onto the surface, circling outwards to make a nice circle.
  7. 7.Let the pancake cook about 2-3 minutes. You'll notice bubbles popping up on the surface of the pancake, if the edges look set, carefully flip the pancake over. Cook another 2 minutes on the other side.
  8. 8.Place the cooked pancakes on a baking sheet and keep it in a low heat oven (175-200 degrees), until you're ready to serve.
  9. Plate your yummy and fluffy pancakes by topping with crumbled bacon, chocolate chips, granola, and syrup.
Notes
  1. Make the granola days before and store. The kids can eat it as cereal for breakfast before school, or as a healthy snack. You will also have it handy to add to your most amazingly fluffy buttermilk pancakes on the weekend!
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