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British Pub Burgers

British Pub Burgers on Toasted Crumpets with Streaky Bacon, Blue Stilton and Coronation Slaw. A few months ago, my husband and I rented a cottage in the Cotswolds. England in April lived up to its reputation of being absolutely charming although a bit soggy. Seeking refuge from the penetrating dampness, we occasionally found ourselves by large open fireplaces in cozy pubs. The British cheeseburgers traditionally make use of Stilton from that area and streaky bacon which our regular American smoked bacon. Another dish that I particularly enjoyed was coronation chicken salad. Coronation slaw is dressed with my own variation of a sweet and spicy curry and chutney dressing. This burger brings a little of “Merry Old England” to the “Good Old USA” Enjoy!


Coronation Slaw:
2 Cups Cabbage, finely shredded
1/2 Cup Red Sweet Pepper, finely julienned
2 Green Onions, finely sliced
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, minced
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste Concentrate
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 1/2 Teaspoons Mild Curry Powder
1/4 Cup Chutney
12 Slices Thick Cut Streaky Bacon
2# Ground Chuck
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Coarse Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon HP Sauce
Vegetable Oil
6 oz. Blue Stilton, crumbled
12 Crumpets
4 oz. Bunch Rocket' washed and dried


Instructions: Slaw: In a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, red peppers, green onions, and cilantro. Dressing: In another bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, mayonnaise, curry powder, and Chutney. Pour dressing over slaw ingredients; toss to combine. Refrigerate slaw until needed. Heat gas grill to medium high. Cook bacon in a 10-inch frying pan until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then wrap in foil to keep warm. Burgers: In a medium bowl, combine the ground chuck, salt, pepper, and HP Sauce. Avoid over compacting the burgers. Shape into 6 round patties. Oil the grill with vegetable oil. Grill burgers for 10-12 minutes over medium high heat, turning once. Place 1oz. of Blue Stilton on each burger for the last 2 minutes of cooking after patties have been turned. Toast both sides of crumpets on outside edge of grill while patties are cooking. Assembly: Place crumpet "holey" side up. Cover crumpet with rocket leaves. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1/4 cup Coronation slaw on top of rocket. Place burger, cheese side up on slaw. Top with 2 slices of streaky bacon. Finish assembly with another crumpet, "holey" side down. Repeat with remaining burgers.