Since boneless skinless chicken breasts are both insanely popular and insanely boring on their own, I’m always looking for ways to spice them up with interesting flavor combinations. Here I use two techniques. First, a simple marinade with lime juice and ginger, that gives the chicken a spicy, tangy, umami, flavor.
This is a debugging block
The craving: Give me lavish protein with a plush, silky sauce.
The palate: buttery and herby.
The dish: Filet Mignon with Tarragon Butter Sauce (try it with any cut of steak)
I love stuffed chicken breast for its simplicity and step up from the ordinary chicken meal. But lovingly cradle-wrapping the stuffed chicken in bacon adds another level of excitement. Who doesn’t love bacon? I’m going to show you how to make a stuffing out of cheese and spinach, compose the layers into a roll with the bacon, poach it and finish it off on the stove.
I’ve never been to Tampa, and so I didn’t know much about the regional specialties. Knowing the city is on the Gulf Coast, I figured seafood was a winner, and with just a bit of research I found the Grouper Sandwich - which is my inspiration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Burger. Yes, not a traditional burger, but come on and cut me some slack, I gotta come up with 32 of these! Like me y
As I’m not going to actually cook a dolphin, the Cuban sandwich seemed like a great idea for my Miami inspired NFL burger. The Cuban is a beautiful art-like sandwich, made with tender, favorful cuts of pork....so, instead of a beef patty, I decided to grill off a ground pork burger, seasoned with some BBQ rub.
For the Buffalo Bills the choice was pretty obvious, yes, you guessed it…a Buffalo Chicken Wing-style burger. In keeping with that flavor profile, I use ground chicken (turkey would work well too) instead of beef. I sear the burger with simple seasoning, and then drench it in wing sauce (see recipe).
I gotta say an idea for a Minnesota Vikings burger didn’t jump out at me immediately, and so I ended up doing a bit of research. It didn’t take long to find the Juicy Lucy – apparently a Minnesota tradition that’s morphed into dozens (perhaps hundreds) of variations. But the original was a stuffed burger with American Cheese as the stuffing. So let’s go original.
It was pretty easy to invent an Eagles inspired burger – Philly is all about the cheese steak! I make mine with a thin beef patty, quickly seared on the stove top. Then, to fully capture that cheese steak vibe, I top it with sautéed onions and peppers, smother it in Cheese Whiz (Gotta use the real stuff!), and serve it up on a hoagie roll.
My burger for the Arizona Cardinals was another pretty easy choice. I love the flavors of the Southwest, and I bring them to bear in this burger.
There were quite a few viable options for my Cincinnati-style burger, but most of my research kept coming back to Cincinnati chili. So, let's go with it! For the Bengal’s burger I’m using a beef patty, which I grill to capture that smoky charred flavor.