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Bonne Femme Burger with Creamy Roberta Aioli and Pepper Coated Bacon-Tomato Relish

Bonne Femme means “good woman” in French, and the name has been used to describe a French classic dish resembling coq au vin. The recipe often contains butter, broth, wine, shallots, mushrooms, bacon, and potatoes in a casserole. This burger contains all 7 of those ingredients plus more—giving it an American touch.

Ingredients 

Creamy Roberta Aioli:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package (3 oz.) softened cream cheese
1 tablespoons softened butter
2 teaspoons Chardonnay
1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon bouquet garni

2 loaves French bread (about 16 inches long by 3 inches wide)
Pepper Coated Bacon-Tomato Relish
12 slices pepper coated bacon
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons Chardonnay
1/4 teaspoon bouquet garni
1/2 teaspoon salt

Patties:
1 3/4 pound ground chicken
1/4 pound bulk pork sausage
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons canned chicken broth
1 cup finely chopped button mushroom tops
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
3 tablespoons Chardonnay
1 teaspoon bouquet garni
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing on the grill
6 slices (about 4 inches by 3 inches) Muenster cheese, cut diagonally
2 - 2 1/2 cups Honey Dijon potato chips
1 cup baby Romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions 

Preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make Aioli: Combine the mayonnaise, cream cheese, butter, Chardonnay, shallots, and bouquet garni in a small bowl; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare the buns: Cut 1-inch off each end of long French bread loaves, break ends into smaller pieces and blend in food processor to make crumbs; set aside. Cut each French bread loaf into 3 equal pieces to make French buns; split each with a knife. Place in zip-lock bag to keep fresh; lay aside.

To make relish: Heat a large, heavy, nonstick fire-proof skillet on the grill. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain and cool. Break bacon into small pieces. Wrap in foil to keep warm; set aside. In a small bowl combine diced tomatoes, olive oil, Chardonnay, bouquet garni and salt; set aside.

To make patties: Combine ground chicken, pork sausage, butter, chicken broth, mushrooms, shallots, Chardonnay, bouquet garni, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Handle as little as possible. Shape into 6 patties to fit the French bun sizes. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.

When grill is ready, brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, about 4 - 6 minutes per side or until done to desired preference and juices run clear. During the last few minutes of grilling, top each patty with two slices of Muenster cheese wedges. During the last few minutes of grilling, also, place cut sides of French buns down on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers: Spread the Aioli mixture on the insides of the warm toasted French buns. Layer the bottom of each roll with an equal portion of potato chips followed by patty. Drain liquid from relish and stir in reserved bacon pieces. Top each patty with an equal portion of relish, baby Romaine lettuce leaves and bun top. Recipe makes 6 burgers.

Comments 

Note: The butter, Chardonnay, shallots, bouquet garni, salt, and olive oil are all ingredients used in more than one place in the recipe, thus making grocery shopping easy. A wonderful burger enjoyed by my family and friends. Enjoy!