RECIPES: Recipe Details
Jersey Fresh Farm Cheeseburger with Miso Glazed Bacon and "Candied" Tomatoes
Well, I have lived in NJ my entire life and I think there is no better way to showcase our state than using local ingredients and produce from local farmer's markets or even your own backyard.
2lbs fresh ground chuck
2t sea salt
1t fresh cracked black pepper
4T(1/2 stick) butter
2T Sutter Home White Merlot wine
4 large shallots (cut in small dice)
6 slices Smoked Shepherds Cheese (made locally in NJ)
6 Calandra's Bakery hamburger rolls
Miso Glazed Thick Cut Bacon
1/4c white miso (white soy bean paste found at Asian Supermarkets)
1/2c Japanese rice wine
1T soy sauce
1t minced/grated garlic
1t minced/grated ginger
1t sesame oil
6-8 slices thick cut bacon
"Candied" Jersey Tomatoes
1-2T italian seasoned bread crumbs
1-2t balsamic vinegar
1t sea salt
1t fresh cracked black pepper
6 large basil leaves, rolled together and cut
Olive oil drizzled on top each slice
4 large Jersey tomatoes
First prepare the shallots to add to the ground chuck. Combine 1/2 stick butter and shallots in a small fire proof saucepan and place on grill. Add 2T Sutter Home White Merlot wine and continue to cook until shallots are soft and translucent. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator or cooler to cool down and if possible solidify.
Next prepare the "candied" Jersey Tomatoes. Spray a small cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Slice 4 large Jersey tomatoes in thinck slices (approx. 1/2 inch). Lay slices on cookie sheet. Sprinkle each slice individually with the salt, pepper, italian seasoned bread crumbs, sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Slice fresh Jersey garden basil, and add a few pieces to each tomato slice as well. Place cookie sheet on top of grill and cook on medium - medium low heat until tomatoes are bubbling and somewhat browned on top and "sweetened", approx., 20-30 minutes.
Now prepare the miso glace by adding the white miso, japanese rice wine, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Whisk together to break up the miso paste, put in covered container and shake to continue to incorporate. (this can be made well ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator). Once again use a small cookie sheet. Generously brush glaze on bacon and place cookie sheet on medium-medium low heat grill. Continue to add glaze on bacon and cook until crispy. Place in aluminum foil to keep warm
Prepare the ground chuck. Add 2t sea salt, 1t fresh cracked black pepper, and cooled shallot mixture added to the meat. Mix together but handle as little as possible. divide into six equally sized balls, and slightly flatten to form patties. Grill on medium-medium high heat grill (oil grill rack with vegtable oil to prevent sticking) for 5-7 mintues per side. During last 3-4 minutes of cooking time, add Valley Shepherds smoked shepherd cheese to melt. Also during this time slice the buns and place cut side down on outside of grill to warm.
To assemle add pattie to bottom of bun, lay slice of tomato on top of meat, followed by bacon and cover with top bun, enjoy!
Jersey tomatoes are an essential for this recipe as they are the sweetest around. The smoked shepherds cheese is made by a local NJ sheeps milk farm called Valley Shepperd (http://valleyshepherd.com/cheese/Types.htm) I discovered at a farmers market. The rolls I used were also made fresh from a local NJ bakery. The majority of the ingredients are property of NJ which is why I think it is so delicious, and I hope you do too.