Sunday, February 13, 2011

In 'n Out double double

Well, I must update my poor blog.  I have lots of pictures with no recipes or even info.  This one that has been sitting here for 2 weeks with only a picture was from a fun book I found at the library. (Hmm, just put the Amazon link and I see that it is only 5.98.  I may have to go order that.  :)  We tried a few of the recipes from it.  This day I may or may not have also tried the Arby's curly fries -  I wasn't nearly as impressed with them.  They were spicier than the original, and I never found the little tool that curls them.  I'm not even bothering with a post for them.  
These burgers were her version of and In 'n Out Double double.  The thing I really liked about her cookbook was that she was trying to make healthier versions of the original that still tasted good.  As far as I could tell with most of the burgers, it was all about the sauce.  She didn't season the meat at all.  (I did.)  I also changed all cheeses to something better than American - I'm so NOT a fan of American cheese - yuck.  Here we put cheddar.  The burgers were good, but probably could have used more sauce.
Another thing about her book - all recipes were for a single serving, so adjusting for a family is necessary.  This is how I made these.
  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef.  (this is enough for 6 double doubles)
  • pinch season salt
  • 6 buns
  • 1 tomato - sliced
  • several leaves of lettuce
  • cheddar cheese
  • onion (I would have grilled these if I had time)
Sauce ingredients
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 4 teaspoons ketchup
  • 4 teaspoon drained dill relish
  1. Mix sauce ingredients together in a bowl.  
  2. Mix beef with season salt.  Divide into 2 oz. balls and shape each into a 4" patty.  (These will be pretty thin.)
  3. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until it sizzles when sprinkled with water.  Place patties in the pan.  Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until patties are browned but still slightly pink inside.
  4. Meanwhile toast buns (she says in the pan next to the 1 burger she was making, we toasted them in the toaster on the bagel pre-set.)
  5. Build the burger.  You can see how we made it.  (She has directions - bun, sauce, tomato, lettuce, patty 1, cheese, onion, patty 2, cheese, bun top.)  I'd probably put my cheese on my burgers in the pan next time so it would melt.  

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