I try to keep a watchful eye on the ever expanding universe of food personalities. Normally by the time I see a new face on T.V. they have appeared somewhere on my radar screen, normally on the print side of the equation. This may seem a little compulsive but everyone needs a hobby, right?
Yesterday a new face popped up that I had not seen before. Frank Bruni interviewed Katie Lee in a video for The New York Times Magazine, "How to Cook Up a Food Celebrity." It should be noted that while Mr. Bruni has been camera shy so he could remain an anonymous reviewer, he appears on video in this interview. Who the heck is she?
This doe eye beauty was married, for a bit, to Billy Joel and has had at least fifteen minutes of fame. It seems that during the Burger Bash at the New York Wine and Food Festival she competed and won with the grilled cheeseburger that she made during the video. The burgers look so good. She was unpretentious, genuine and laughed easily. I knew I must try a burger. I thought about extending an invitation for Katie Lee to come over to the house to make some. Since we don't run in the same circles and this lowly blog does not carry the clout of the New York Times, I did the next best thing. I listened to her recipe and duplicated them to the best of my ability at home. They rock ! Food Network you should hire Katie Lee before someone else does. I was right about Guy Fieri , trust me!
Logan County Burgers - recipe by Katie Lee
The recipe in Katie Lee's blog is slightly different than the one verbalized in the NYTM video.
Here is my adaptation of her recipe
1lb ground round
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 medium onion finely grated
14 slices white bread
4 tablespoons salted butter
7 slices Velveeta prepared cheese product
In a large bowl blend together the beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder,and grated onion
Measure and form 7 - 2 1/4 once balls of beef
Mash the beef flat to form very skinny five inch round patties
I made patties on parchment paper to make it easy to transport to griddle
Sear patties on a hot cast iron griddle until nicely browned and cooked to well
Butter seven slices of bread and place on medium hot pan butter side down
Place one slice Velveeta on top
Place one cooked patty on each
Butter the remaining seven slices of bread and place on top of patty butter side up
Cook as you would a grilled cheese sandwich on both sides until bread browns and cheese melts