Pimiento Cheeseburgers

Aired July 12, 2010

1 pound ground sirloin
1 pound ground chuck
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons sweet paprika, a couple of palmfuls
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup minced white onion
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup whole milk
2 cups loosely packed shredded yellow cheddar cheese
1 4-ounce jar of pimientos, drained well, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball the amount
Few dashes hot sauce, to your taste
4 burger rolls, split
Deli pickles, halved lengthwise
Fancy chips

Combine meat with salt, pepper, paprika and parsley. Form 4 large patties, making them thinner at middle for even cooking and to counteract the bulging of the meat as it cooks. Drizzle burgers with EVOO to coat.

Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers 8 minutes turning once for medium-rare and up to 12 minutes for medium-well.

In a medium saucepot over medium to medium-low heat, melt butter, then add onions and garlic and cook 5 minutes. Add flour and stir to combine. Add milk and heat through for a minute, then melt the cheese into milk the sauce will be very thick, barely spoonable. Add pimientos, Worcestershire, hot sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve burgers on buns with pimiento cheese sauce on top and a pickle and chips alongside.

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