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Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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After a long day spent in one of his restaurants or taping a television show, what Bobby Flay craves more than anything else is... a crusty-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside burger; a fistful of golden, crisp, salty fries; and a thick, icy milkshake. Given the grilling guru’s affinity for bold flavors and signature twists on American favorites, it’s no surprise that he has crafted the tastiest recipes ever for this ultimate food trio.
Though he doesn’t believe in messing with delicious certified Angus chuck (just salt and pepper on the patty--no “meatloaf” burgers here), Bobby loves adding flavorful relishes and condiments to elevate the classic burger. Once you’ve learned what goes into making that burger (from how to shape it so it cooks up perfectly to melting the cheese just so), go to town with Bobby's favorite combinations of additions. Try the Cheyenne Burger, which gets slathered with homemade barbecue sauce and then piled high with bacon and shoestring onion rings, or the Santa Fe Burger, topped with a blistered poblano, queso sauce, and crumbled blue corn tortilla chips. And although Bobby’s personal preference is for beef, turkey can be substituted in any burger, and a handful of salmon and tuna burger recipes are included for those looking for leaner options.
After you’ve mastered the burger, discover Bobby’s secrets to cooking up the best French fries--whether they’re fried, grilled, or oven roasted, or made from spuds, sweet potatoes, or even plantains--as well as homemade potato chips and onions rings. Wash it all down with a creamy shake, from Fresh Mint-Chocolate Speckled Milkshake to Blackberry Cheesecake Milkshake (or a spiked adult variation).
With the opening of Bobby’s Burger Palace in Lake Grove, New York, on Long Island--and with more locations to come--Bobby has achieved burger, fry, and shake bliss in the world. For outdoor summer bashes and casual weeknight meals that even the kids will get excited about, Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes will share that bliss and remind you just why the burger is such a beloved American original.From Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes: Miami Burger
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without stopping for an authentic Cuban sandwich, hot off the press and stuffed with roasted pork, smoked ham, garlicky mayonnaise, tangy mustard, dill pickles, and oozing Swiss cheese. It’s almost enough to make you miss your flight home. Turning this Cuban specialty into an American one isn’t hard to do: just replace the roasted pork with a good old hamburger. Pressing the assembled burger not only yields a crispy toasted bun, but also ensures that all of the elements meld into one cohesive, mouthwatering sandwich. (Serves 4)
- 1 pound ground chuck (80 percent lean) or ground turkey (90 percent lean)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
- 4 hamburger buns, split
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
- 4 thin slices smoked ham
- 2 dill pickles, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers, using the oil. Remove the burgers to a plate.
2. Combine the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread both sides of each bun with the mayonnaise and the mustard. Place a slice of cheese on each bun bottom, place a burger on top, and then top the burger with a slice of ham, another slice of cheese, and some pickle slices. Cover with the bun tops.
3. Cook the burgers on a sandwich press or wrap the burgers in aluminum foil and cook in a hot skillet over high heat (put a heavy skillet on top of the burgers to press them) until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Serve immediately.From Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes: Sweet Potato Fries
I happen to love sweet potatoes and think they are great fried. One thing that you have to keep in mind when making this recipe is that sweet potato fries will never, ever be as crispy as fries made with regular potatoes; blanching them in oil or extending the soaking time won’t change that. Sweet potatoes are very high in sugar and this keeps them from getting crisp. Their sugar content also makes them darken faster than standard potatoes, so don’t walk away from the pot when making them! I prefer my sweet potato fries with the skin on, but if that’s not to your liking feel free to peel them. For an extra hit of flavor, try seasoning the hot fries with a few tablespoons of either the Barbecue Seasoning or the Mediterranean Seasoning. (Serves 4)
- 5 large sweet potatoes
- 1 quart peanut oil
- Kosher salt
1. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1.4-inch-thick slices, then cut each slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick fries.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed medium stockpot over medium heat, or in a tabletop deep fryer, to 365 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.
3. Fry each batch until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to the baking sheet lined with paper towels and season immediately with salt. Serve hot.
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This one hits one of his loves, that All-American fare of burgers, fries and shakes. His opening of restaurants around this trio inspired this recipe collection for the home.
There are 33 burger offerings, 10 for fries and rings, and 17 shakes. Also included is condiments and sauces, as well as sources and helpful tips on each of the three fare. I found this really useful with such hints as finger punch in burgers to prevent proverbial flying saucer dome of a burger, and dome cover to melt cheese, as well as double cooking fries and advice on blending shakes to really helpful in providing consistent, quality results.
Am so looking forward to trying this offering, but for now have really enjoyed serving: Trattoria Burger; Cheyenne Burger; Salmon Burger with Slaw; Sweet Potato Fries; and Pina Colada Shake; Toasted Marshmallow Shake.
This is really great cookbook for home! As are all Clarkson Potter cookbooks, rich layout with four color photos make it succulent to get your burger/fry/shake mojo going.
Mr. Flay manages to succinctly spell out how to make the absolute perfect burger such as what type of meat, how to form patties, exact grilling times and methods and on and on. He goes over it step-by-step and (thankfully) explains why you are supposed to do what he tells you to do.
He also has an incredible talent for creative toppings that are truly amazing. I will also grant that he names some of the common toppings with absolute flair, such as his "Cheyenne Burger" with barbecue sauce, bacon and onion rings. As a side note, the picture of that burger, which I am longingly looking at as I write, makes my mouth water and my tummy rumble. No. Really.
Another thing I love about this book is that he gives recipes for sauces (and even pickles). One thing I catch myself saying over and over and over again is, "It's all in the sauce." I say it because it's true. If you have an excellent Marsala sauce, you can serve it over just about anything, not just chicken; so it adds variety AND flavor. Yet if you serve a bad Marsala sauce, over juicy chicken, the whole thing is ruined. Well, I digress but you see the point. A great sauce will elevate the burger and add variety as well as flavor.
Suffice it to say, he teaches us everything we need to know. As mentioned above he even tells us how to make our own pickles plus he explains the various cheeses plus much more. You'll not find a greater burger cookbook that will give you just about every element that you will need.Read more ›
This is a must have for people who are looking to try something different.
Do yourself, and the men in your life, a favor, and buy this book!
(Review of Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook is amazing great tips and easy to follow for beginners as well as advanced cooks. If you love burgers this book is great you can eat a burger every night and still... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book, helped me how to make excelent burguers, with the perfect meatPublished 3 months ago by Brendy
Well written and presented with proper functioning and accurate links from the idex to the actual recipe pages. Excellent ideas for quality burgers.
Worth the $$$
Awesome recipes and info, highly recommend!! Have tried a couple recipes so far, soo good!!Published 12 months ago by Emilee
The recipe for blackberry cheesecake milkshake makes this book worth the price. We've enjoyed the chimichurri burger many times, although we double the recipe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jccwc