Usually, when we go to bed, I try to ask Wyatt what he wants for dinner the next day. His response is normally noncommital. But the other night, he says, out of the blue, you should make a burger with an egg on top.
So the next day, as I’m working on my laptop in the living room and listening to Food Network in the background, guess who comes on?
Hint: It’s one of my favorite chefs. I’m a tad obsessed with watching him cook whenever possible. He’s on my list of famous people I’d like to one day meet…
Anyway, so he’s on Paula Dean’s show, and what do they make? His Lola burger. It’s a burger, made with bacon and eggs on top.
Here’s how I did it.
1 lb ground beef
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp chopped chives
1 tsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp chopped onions (fresh or dried)
Mix together and form 4 loose patties. Cook in a preheated skillet until brown, or desired level of doneness.
In a skillet, cook 4 slices of bacon, set aside grease.
When burgers are close to done, butter and toast 4 hamburger buns.
Using the skillet from the bacon, fry 4 eggs, leaving the yolk runny.
Create your burgers with the toppings of your choice.
(I’m sure Michael’s pickled onions and spicy ketchup would be fantastic, but I didn’t have the ingredients to make those. Maybe next time.)
I’ve never been this creative with my cooking before, though I guess I’ve never cooked this much before. I think I need to have company soon, so I can cook for them! Though it’s fun to cook for two because we get to be a lot more creative. It’s all trial and error. And there’s a lot less pressure, than say, cooking for the in-laws. Or my grandparents.
I also had the idea to try a totally new zucchini recipe. (Translation: I have a lot of zucchini again and need new ways to cook it so I started experimenting.)
I started by slicing off a few thin slices from my very large zucchini. Then, since of course I’m not going to waste it, I had Wyatt wrap the rest up with saran wrap, which he doesn’t get along with very well, so that might not have been the best job for him…
Then I cooked them for a few minutes in olive oil, seasoning with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper seasoning.
Then I transferred them to a baking dish, added some feta and mozzarella cheese and a little more lemon pepper seasoning on top. I then cooked them in the oven at 450 degrees (I was also baking some fries) for about ten minutes, or until the edges started to crisp up a bit.
All in all, the meal turned out great, thanks of course to my inspiration from Wyatt and Michael.
And the best part of dinner?
When Wyatt squished his bun down on his hamburger so he could fit it in his mouth, he popped the yolk open and it squirted across our coffee table, much to his dismay.
Of course, that didn’t stop him from enjoying his eggy, bacon, burger…
Ah well, he cleaned it up later.
Such a fun night!