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"Dressed" Manchac Burger Remoulade with Tasso
Smoked meats, bold spicy ingredients, fresh vegetables and creamy remoulade sauces are common to South Louisiana foods. This burger incorporates all of these--tasso, cayenne, Creole mustard, red bell peppers, and a spicy remoulade that often compliments shrimp. A "dressed" burger in South Louisiana means that it is served with lettuce and tomatoes. Bayou Manchac flows from Ascension Parish to Ponchatrain Lake in New Orleans--the region of the state that blends the Creole, Cajun, French, and Spanish cultures, just as those found in this local American burger.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Creole mustard
2 teaspoons paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons fresh horseradish, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 clove garlic, minced
1 dash red pepper sauce (Tabasco preferred)
Manchac Burger ingredients:
2 ¼ pounds ground chuck
6 ounces tasso, finely chopped
½ cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne
Vegetable oil for brushing on the grill rack
6 (1/4 inch thick) slices medium cheddar cheese
6 (1/4 inch thick) slices pepper Jack cheese
6 (6 inch) pieces of crusty French Bread or po-boy buns
4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
12 thin slices Creole tomatoes
Preheat gas grill to medium-high heat.
To make the remoulade sauce: In a food processor, add the mayonnaise, salt, lime juice, Dijon mustard, Creole mustard, paprika, garlic, and horseradish. Process until smooth. Add the green onions, parsley, tarragon, thyme, onion, and red bell pepper; pulse to mix but not pureed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To prepare the garlic butter: Combine the butter, garlic, and pepper sauce in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
To prepare the patties: In a large bowl, gently combine the ground chuck, tasso, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Shape into "oval" rectangles approximately 6 inches by 3 inches (shaped to fit the size of the French bread or buns).
Brush the grill rack with the vegetable oil and place the patties on the rack crosswise over the grates. Cover the grill and cook the patties for four minutes. Turn the patties and continue grilling for an additional four minutes or your preferred degrees on doneness (with internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F). During the last few minutes of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheddar cheese and a slice of pepper Jack cheese. Place the cut side down of the bread on the outer edges of the rack to lightly toast.
To assemble the Manchac Remoulade Burger, spread a generous amount of the garlic butter and remoulade sauce over the cut sides of the buns. On each bread or roll bottom, place a generous amount of shredded lettuce, patty with melted cheeses, and two slices of Creole tomato. Add the bun tops, cut in half and serve.
Makes 6 burgers
This burger is full of bold flavors complimented by a creamy remoulade sauce and served dressed on crusty French bread.