Yes you read it right, Chicken Fried Hamburgers. I found this recipe in Kenny Shopsin’s book, Eat Me. The book is a great read and I recommend that you check it out on Amazon or your favorite local bookstore. There are great stories mixed with recipes from his restaurant in New York.
This past week has been interesting to say the least. We started the week out slow, then got extremely busy and then ended with a crazy catering at a UNR Wolf Pack football game on Saturday. On Tuesday morning we thought the restaurant was going to blow up, burn down or just get sucked into the nether. We were all busy working when we started to smell burning electrical wire. We immediately all started running around the place smelling every piece of equipment. It was a mystery at first and then the power started to flicker on and off.
“Oh crap,” I thought. I’m a pessimist or a realist at best and I was having visions of something burning in the walls. About then one of the employees yelled out that she was pretty sure it was one of the display cases.
We all stuck our noses in the case and agreed something was wrong. Now I started thinking that the brand new compressor I had just recently installed was burning up and I could see the dollar signs mounting. Nancy immediately called our refrigerator guy who asked us a few questions and told us to turn it off after the lunch rush and he would be by at the end of the day. Fortunately when he got there he discovered that it was only the plug thingee where one of the lights plug in. Damage = very little. YAH, this one worked in our favor.
As for the crazy UNR catering. I will tell you this, don’t trust a college student to point you in the right direction and always leave yourself time when you are delivering food. We fortunately gave ourselves more time than we needed, unfortunately we asked many college students for directions. To make a long story short, we rode the elevator up four floors, down three floors, walked halfway around the stadium to the left to only find out that it was a dead end, back to the start, all the way around to the right, dead end again, out the gate, back in the gate, up two stories and then we finally found the skybox. We did get our exercise for the day though!
Okay, on to the recipe. If you like hamburgers and you like grease and you like breading and you want something rich, then this is the way to go. I made the burgers pretty thick, about three quarters of an inch and they took a long time to cook in the oil. Next time, if there is a next time, I will do them a bit smaller than one half of an inch. The outcome was as follows – Nancy ate half and then told me I was crazy. Randy ate one and said they were interesting, but he liked them. Jacob and I ate one and a half each and then proceeded to start frying all kinds of crap while we watched Survivor (24, Survivor, Top Chef and Project Runway are my favorites shows!). If I recall correctly, we deep-fried some popcorn, cheese, peanut butter, bread and a cheese sandwich. Nancy scowled at us from the couch as we stunk up the house.
Chicken-fried Hamburger (makes 6 hamburgers)
- Peanut Oil for deep-frying
- 2 pounds ground beef (15 to 20 percent fat)
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- All-purpose flour for dredging
- Hamburger buns
- Your favorite burger accoutrements
Preheat a deep fryer or a large potful of peanut oil over high heat to 375 degrees. Form the meat into six, five to six ounce patties. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
Whisk the eggs and cream together in a shallow bowl. Put the flour in a separate bowl or pie pan. Dredge one of the hamburger patties in the flour and brush off the excess. Dunk the floured patty in the egg and cream mixture, lift, drain and repeat, dumping the patties back in the flour and then back in the egg and cream until you have gone through the process three times.
Carefully place one or two burgers in the oil and repeat with the remaining burgers, being careful not to overcrowd the deep fryer or the pot. Cook the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes until the crust is golden brown. While the burgers are cooking, butter and lightly toast the buns.
Serve them like any other hamburger…don’t forget to take your blood pressure medicine! Devour.