Jalapeno & ??? cheese *in*side my burgers
- AreBe Jun 20, 2007 05:13 PM
I like to make two thin wide beef patties, put some diced fresh peppers between them, press/crimp the edges, and grill them on my gas grill. Fattier beef works very well though leaner has its charms. The jalapenos will be fresh off the bush in my garden.
I'm thinking of adding some crumbles or shreds or slices of cheese between the patties. I'm thinking peppers in a molten cheese within beef sounds mighty tasty. Do you agree? Which kind(s) of cheese sound(s) good to you?
I've got gorgonzola, feta, Sharp! cheddar, mozzarella, and a few more on hand, more just around the corner....
I like a Greek burger, a burger with two slices of feta - one above and one below the meat. *Inside* the burger works just as well, I imagine. GREAT taste either way, just make sure you allow enough time for the cheese to melt. A good cheddar, yellow, not white, would be my second choice. Sharp cheddar, of course. Come to think of it, since you're including jalapenos, the cheddar is a must then! Go with the cheddar.
I'd suggest a good Mexican cheese. I've been smitten with queso fresco or Casera cheese. Its texture is moist and semi-firm, a bit mealy, and it slices well. It holds its shape when melted--it does not turn into a blob of goo. Nicely and lightly flavored, sort of like a very fresh domestic ricotta. The brand I buy here in Calif is El Mexicano brand, out of San Jose.
I've been using it instead of jack as I like the flavor and melted texture better. Quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, stuffed poblanos, etc.
I like jalapenos in just about anything, and I like cheese in the middle of my burgers. The combination of the two is a great idea! Of what you have on hand, I would say cheddar as #1. Gorgonzola #2. Ever considered cream cheese? Pretty much any combo would work.
How about jalapenos with manchego cheese or smoked gouda for something different. I especially like the smoked gouda since you're using the grill. You might as well as a few strips of bacon ;)
Maybe too dull, but I like Jack cheese w/ jalapenos.
Also, as suggested queso fresca would be good, or I think cotija or asiago.