Sunday, May 1, 2011

5-1-2011 All American Barbeque- Kosher Cheeseburgers

Our friends from New York City, Uruguay, and our family from Arizona, are all in town visiting right now. What better way for everybody to enjoy each other, then to relax and share a beautiful meal.

We broke in our new grill tonight as we made a barbeque. We had hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, grilled corn, grilled asparagus, coleslaw, baked beans, watermelon, and chocolate chip sticks.

Our friends from Uruguay haven't been here in 2 years. When they came into the kitchen and saw cheeseburgers, they asked me if we still kept kosher. I quickly explained that it was soy cheese. 

The cheeseburgers were so good. Maybe it was because of the secret sauce I put on them, or maybe it was because I made the buns from scratch. One thing is for sure, having a wide array of condiments lets everyone tailor their burger to their liking. When I make burgers, I always offer plenty of fresh sliced tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce, pickles, and onions.

The recipe for the chocolate chip sticks comes from The Kosher Palette, I like to compare them to a cookie cake. They are quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.

Here are the recipes and some pictures from tonight:


Bread Machine Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

These are well worth the extra effort. I found this recipe on

1 cup water
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour, all purpose
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
sesame seeds

Add ingredients in order listed, except for the egg and 1 T. water that is for the egg wash later.
Select dough/pasta setting when cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 3 equal portions, divide each portion into 6 balls.
Turn balls in hands folding edge under to make a circle.
Press ball flat between hands.
Place on greased cookie sheet pressing to a 31/2 inch circle. For a hotdog, make into a log the length of the hotdog you will be serving it with.
Let rise 30 minutes or until double in volume.
Combine 1 slightly beaten egg with 1 tblsp. water and brush on buns.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown.


Mc Hockald's Secret Sauce

This is really a thousand island dressing, but it is similar to the secret sauce at In-n-Out Burger and McDonald's.

1/2 C. mayonaise
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. sweet relish

Mix the above ingredients together. Serve with hamburgers, it's delicious!


Creamy Cole Slaw

This is your standard cole slaw recipe, I save a bunch of time by buying the bagged pre shredded cabbage.

2 packages angel hair shredded cabbage
1 T. vinegar
1/2 C. mayo
2 T. sugar
1/4 t. salt, or to taste
fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 t. celery seed, optional (I left this out because King Hock no likey)

Mix together the vinegar, mayo, sugar, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Place the cabbage in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over and mix until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Chocolate Chip Sticks

These are just as good as chocolate chip cookies, but much easier to make. Be sure and use a really good quality vanilla, it makes a huge difference, I like Nielsen-Massey.

Non stick cooking spray
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar, light or dark
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat 2 baking sheets with non stick spray.
Combine oil, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl, mixing well.
Stir in egg and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt tossing with a fork. Stir into egg mixture, blending well. Fold in chocolate chips.
Form dough into two 3- to 4-inch wide logs. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, checking after 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Do not overbake!
Cool 10 minutes; cut into sticks.


Now I am sitting down for the first time all day, and it feels good. My mind is spinning with grocery lists, recipes, and everything else I have to do this coming week. Hopefully, I will be able to wind down. Have a good night.

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