We need to be in charge of stuff. Because if we were, cheese-- just cheese-- would have its own spot on the food pyramid. And it would be the bottom, widest foundation for our foodie lives. So, we're happy to learn of cheesemakers we've never heard of before. (Since we're poor-ish, we only shop the import section of the cheese vault occasionally.) Anywho, Old Amsterdam Cheese is da bomb, apparently, Even though the thought of old cheese creeps us out a little.
Old Amsterdam leads the market in Holland when it comes to Branded Aged Gouda. And now they've created two new goudas to delight us: Extra Aged and Mild.
We'll take both. In fact, slap a couple slices on this burger recipe from O.A., the OGs of Gouda. We're gonna name it:
2 red onions
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons spicy pimentón (Spanish paprika) powder
1.6 lbs. minced beef (ask the butcher to coarsely mince beef shoulder, or use a mix of pork and beef meat)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons olive oil
8 slices pancetta
4 slices Old Amsterdam Gouda
1 big tomato
8 slices of rustic, heavy bread
4 lettuce leaves, rinsed
Slice the onion into rings. Melt the butter and use this to fry the onion rings with the sugar. Caramelize the rings, then add balsamic vinegar and fry for another five minutes on low heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Next, mix the mayonnaise and the Spanish paprika.
Take the meat from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Mix the meat with the soy sauce and the Worcestershire sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Roll balls of approximately 6 oz. each and flatten these to form burgers. Coat the burgers with olive oil and fry in a frying pan for four to five minutes on each side, until browned.
Meanwhile, fry the pancetta in another pan, until they are slightly crispy. Lay pancetta and a slice of Old Amsterdam on top of each burger. Cover with the lid and let the cheese melt for about 30 seconds. Cut the tomato into four thick slices. Spread a thick layer of the spicy mayonnaise on four slices of bread. Add a slice of tomato, a burger, and finally a good helping of the caramelized onion rings and top it with another slice of bread each.
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