It’s fat boy Friday and I’m pretty sure this is the fattiest of the fat boy recipes I’ve put up so far. Yeah, I know so far I’ve only written about making pulled chicken tastiness and pulled pork with “paleo rice”, but this bastard was fun to make and even better to eat.
So move over the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and will someone please tell the 3 Wise Men to take a seat. Here are the 4 B’s of Tastiness.
Beef, Bleu Cheese, Bacon and Broccoli
Yes, you’re eyes are not lying to you. Broccoli is included in this tasty recipe because it’s nutritious, fantastic for you and…wait for it…tasty.
Ok, so here’s how we do this. First, set the oven to 450 degrees and then line the bacon onto something you can put in the oven. Personally I prefer a cast iron skillet because it adds incredible flavor to it. Anything that won’t melt or burn will do though. Next, line the bacon into a single layer and throw it in the oven. Set a time for 6-10 minutes depending on how crispy you like it. When the timer goes off, pull it out and flip the bacon. Put it back in the oven for another 4-8 minutes, again, dependent on your desired crispiness.
The bacon will crisp up as it cools, so if anything aim for a the shorter time and throw it back in if you need to. When you take the bacon out it should look similar to this…
Needs more bacon…
When the bacon cools off, bust out your cutting board and chop half of it up into little pieces. These are bits that you will be folding into the ground beef. I made the mistake of cutting them fairly large (size of a quarter) and it made forming the burgers a giant pain in the ass. So if anything, cut the bacon smaller than you’d think you need to.
Bacon “infused” burger patties
Now this is where I got all kinds of fancy.
Instead of turning the oven off when the bacon was finished, I left it on so I could bake the burgers instead of pan frying them. Putting them in for 4-5 minutes, flipping and then another 3 minutes got me burgers that were medium-well when it was all said and done. Again, depending on your preferences you should adjust the time. When the time is up, take the burgers out, put a layer of bleu cheese on them, and throw them back in the oven for a few minutes. Once the cheese melts enough to hold the bacon in place you can take them back out and layer the bacon.
Next step…add more bacon.
Top with more bleu cheese and toss back in the oven
Once you reach this point, it’s time to start prepping the veggies. This can also be called “toss the bag of broccoli in the microwave for a few minutes to steam it.” If you’re an “adult” and have fresh broccoli just cut of the florets and either steam them or cook them in a pan. For this recipe I steamed it in the microwave, which only took a few minutes, so once the broccoli was done it was time to pull the burgers out of the oven for the last time.
Let the meat set for about 10 minutes. I’m not exactly sure why this is so awesome but it is. It tastes juicer and more flavorful when you let it sit, so just man up and wait a little bit longer. Once you’ve done that it’s time to bust out the manliest plates you have and get ready to dig in.
That’s that. The total process takes about 30 minutes and even though it’s a bit more labor intensive than the last two recipes, it’s well worth it. The only thing that would make it tastier is if there was some way to add another delicious item that starts with the letter “B”…
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