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Squirrel Burger and homey fries...

post #1 of 32
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Afternoon all!

I whipped up my favorite burgers and some home fries so I thought I'd share the love!

I started with chuck-eye steak and beef short ribs ....

I cut them into chunks added a clove of finely chopped garlic, look at the knife skills! You go girl!

Then I added a heaping spoon full of ghee, a couple of drops of truffle oil, black pepper and a pinch of fancy French salt (I'm outta control, what can I say!) And NOOOOO that is NOT a bottle of Crown in the background. But whatever it is, I plan on having a little later on this evening.

Then I mixed it all up and stuck it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. I do that for a couple of reasons, it's easier to grind when it's firm and it keeps the fat from melting. Squirrels like fat....Then I got out my handy dandy grinder, now don't you go and laugh at my grinder, I know it looks like it belongs in the Barbie camper I had when I was 12, but it works just fine for a single gal like myself...

See how well it works! And it didn't take very long either. Then I add my secret ingredient - Are you ready for this....wait for it....

GOTCHA it's just ice water. Not alot, maybe a couple of tablespoons. Keeps'em cold while I put my grubby hands all over the meat. Then I make up my patties...

And I toss them on the grill. I did throw a piece of hickory on the coals to add a little smoke, MmmmMMmmMmmm ....Smoke.....Snap out of it girl! Remember those ribs I did the other night and that purdy gravy...well I had a little left so I brushed it on the burgers...

While the burgers were cooking I managed to do two more things, first I got a picture of this guy...

Then, I took three russet taters, gavem the what for with a scrub brush and sliced them up...

Then I cut them in to fries, that is not really picture worthy so use your imagination. Then I soaked them in water to get rid of a little of the starch. Though this may not seem worthy of space, there's something about drowning a potato that just seems a little weird. So...

Okay, so I guess you had to be there. Next I heated up some peanut oil to about 360F then I dropped in the taters and two minutes later took them out, you see, we are double frying in hopes of making them crispy. They don't need to get any color on them this time...

I did that in batches, then I blotted off the excess oil then fried them again, taking them out when golden brown .... and you end up with a heapin' helpin' of yummy homemade fries that makes you want to hug them, and squeeze them and call them George. I swear I haven't been drinking.

Then, here's the big finale, I put some homemade cheese on top of the tomatoes and put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes, then I ever so lovingly assembled this masterpiece, then I got myself a cold diet pepsi and ate the whole thing. The End.
post #2 of 32
First rate q-view and description, Squirrel! Thanks! We love grinding up our own burgers and often put in some game meat.
post #3 of 32
Awesome pics and an awesome meal....
post #4 of 32
Them's some good eats, girl!!! Major props! I guess the Diet Pepsi takes out all the calories from that delish burger and fries, huh?
post #5 of 32
That looks awesome, Squirrel! I can't wait to get a grinder so I can do that.

I've never tried making fries with peanut oil -- I'll have to try that sometime. I use corn oil because it imparts some sweetness to them. smile.gif

What is the purpose of double-frying them? Inquiring minds want to know!
post #6 of 32
Dang Girl!!! That looks goodPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

Man.. did I mention that I am starving right now?!!icon_mrgreen.gif
post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
Double frying makes them crispy and also helps to keep them from undercooking, and also from being too greasy. I don't always do it this way, I just wanted to show off! LOL! And yep, that diet pepsi probably kept a good 60 extra calories from going to my thighs. Squirrels are suseptible to "thunder thigh syndrome" and "ghetto booty syndrome". Gawd, I'm just full of it today. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Hey, what happened? This morning I was a fire starter and now I'm a smoke blower. What the??
post #8 of 32
wow that looks good, great job
post #9 of 32
God god! That there is some amazing Qview. And I'm starving! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifpoints.gif
post #10 of 32
I'll take a "squirrel" burger any day! I like your spice arrangement there as well.
post #11 of 32
I believe it's based on the ratings for your posts...which I have to say are amazing.

The qview on this one just rocks!

Keep it up!points.gif
post #12 of 32
That all looks outstanding PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
except them yucky maters tongue.gifbiggrin.gif
post #13 of 32
WoW! biggrin.gifpoints.gif
post #14 of 32
Awesome post, and good looking burgers and fries. Good job!
post #15 of 32
That is a fantastic looking and sounding burger, definitely worthy of points.gif

Question on the ghee, do you keep it in the fridge? Was curious because of the look of it.
post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody! icon_redface.gif and unlike butter, ghee does not have to be refrigerated, I use it for alot of stuff, I'm tellin' ya, you'll get hooked on it if you try it.
post #17 of 32
That was what I was referring to since ghee doesn't need to be refrigerated but the few times I had made it and bought it from the store it seemed a lot thinner than yours which is what made me wonder.

Great idea using it on lots of stuff, not only is it tasty but soooooooooo much better without all that fat that butter has.
Never realized how much fat is in one stick of butter until I made my first batch.
post #18 of 32
Great looking burger and fries...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

I saw that title (Squirrel Burger and homey fries) and thought you went cannibal on us...icon_mrgreen.gif
post #19 of 32
I don't refrigerate my butter, but I'm gonna have to find some of this Ghee stuff.

The fat doesn't bother me, though -- I'll fry bacon in butter and use it as a sauce for green beans. biggrin.gif
post #20 of 32
Awesome Burger & Fries, and it's not hard to tell you're a very good photographer!!!------------>>points.gif

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