Memorial week-end: perfect burgers and almost home-made ice-cream sandwiches
|June 2, 2010||Posted by ameliaps under burgers, dessert, ice-cream, summer|
The summer officially starts here in the US with Memorial week-end, the last week-end in May.
We headed out to the lake for some chill time with family and good friends.
AHHH the water!!!
Water skiing, swimming and other water sports, walks in the woods, lazy afternoons on the dock taking in some much needed sun, and of course some good ol’ Americana food: asparagus, buttered corn and “the perfect” cheese-burgers on the grill plus peach cobbler, almost home made ice-cream sandwiches and s’mores for dessert
And it rained a little bit…but even the rain was glorious and made everything feel fresh and green.
But back to the “menu”…
Almost-recipe for “perfect” cheese-burgers
My “perfect” burger requires free-range grass-fed beef (because I don’t like how corn fed cows are treated), and all the basic fixings (onion slices, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, maybe pickles, and a slice of your favorite cheese) on a lightly toasted bun.
I prepare the burger by adding a touch of Worcestershire to the ground meat and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then I mold the ground burger beef into patties around a small slice of compound herb butter (and this is easy to make: soften the butter, mix it wih parsley and chives then roll it into a log with parchment paper and refrigerate). Since I am using grass fed beef it tends to be slightly leaner than regular beef, so this is OK and brings out lots of flavor!!! Grill per your liking.
Almost-recipe for home-made ice-cream sandwiches
To make the ice-cream sanwiches I use the best wafers I can find (usually from Belgium made with real butter) – use a variety – and the best store-bought ice-cream I can find (various flavors)…unless you feel like making your own and assembled the two together (you’ll need to soften the ice-cream at room temperature and work quickly). Then I tie them together with a strip of brown sandwich paper and a string of kitchen twine just to give them that retro look. MMMM :)
The ones that look the best are the butter waffle wafers, reminiscent of the waffle cones in which ice-cream is served. My favorite combination is either the classic chocolate wafers with vanilla or ginger thins with almond-maple ince-cream…what a delicacy!