We are so excited to share our new feature that we will be doing for the next few months. To kick off football season, we will be making foods that represent each NFL team. We have mapped out teams throughout the season and will make one game day food item per team that will highlight a specific tradition or particular food. For each recipe duo, we will then put them head to head and decide who will win the game based on the better dish. Each recipe will be something that can be enjoyed while watching the game and will represent the team in some manner. For the opening week of football, we have chosen two teams to battle. This week, the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings will be playing the first Monday night game of the year. We chose these two teams because we were so eager to make a burger recipe and could not wait to try a po’boy. For this first recipe battle, we will be showcasing the Minnesota Vikings and their famous Juicy Lucy.
The idea for this battle was given to us last Christmas by Dan’s cousin. During Christmas Eve dinner, he explained how we could feature football teams and the food they are famous for on our blog. Instantly, we were excited by the awesome idea and could not wait to start crafting appetizers for all 32 teams. How could we pass up the idea of making game day food throughout football season? Ever since that fun notion, we have been so eager to finally make (and mostly eat) all of those delicious game day foods.
This first recipe of an easy Juicy Lucy (aka Jucy Lucy) is inspired by the Minnesota Vikings. A Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside of the meat patty, rather than on top of it. When you bite in, the perfect mixture of juiciness and cheesiness is incredible. The Juicy Lucy first appeared in Minneapolis in the 1950s in a bar. The controversy of what bar it originated in is kind of an ongoing debate. Whoever is responsible for this delicious concoction, is definitely a genius in my book. The idea of the cheese inside of the meat creates for a fantastic effect of juiciness that keeps the burger buns toasty and the cheese perfectly melted. This burger is one of the tastiest we have made, and was such a treat to devour. Eating it while watching a Vikings game would be a real delight.
When we put our first two recipes together head to head, we were able to find a winner. While we loved both recipes, we chose one based on the fact that we would make it again and again. For this battle, we are going with the Juicy Lucy, predicting that the Minnesota Vikings will win Monday’s game. Of course, this method of choosing a winner is a bit ridiculous. However, we cannot wait to do this all football season, due to the tasty treats we get to devour. Our predictions will probably not pan out, but the food we will get to make and try will be so amazing. Check in soon for more recipes that represent NFL teams. We hope you follow us on this journey of exploring our nation’s most fun foods.
1/2 block Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cut into small, 1/2 inch slices
For the Sauce
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Ketchup
2 tablespoons Relish
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon White Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Burger
4 Sesame Buns
1/4 cup Shredded Lettuce
1 Tomato, sliced
In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, garlic, breadcrumbs, ketchup, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and red chili flakes. With hands, mix all contents. Once fully mixed, form into four patties. In the center of each patty, form a well and place 3-4 cut slices of cheddar cheese. Fold the patty over the cheese so that it is in the center of the meat.
On the grill or stovetop, cook each side for the desired amount. We cooked ours for about five minutes each side.
For the Sauce
In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
For the Burger
Assemble each bun with sauce, a burger patty, lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!