Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Burger Boom Boom Sauce


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This sauce is an obvious twist on traditional thousand island dressing, only I have replaced the ketchup with chili sauce and the pickle relish with pickled jalapenos. I first tasted a sauce like this at Williams-sonoma with their “Burger Bomb sauce” which was good, but I knew it was something that I could recreate from my pantry.

I’m sure the Burger Bomb is a little more complex than this simple sauce, but it works. The mayo, pickled jalapenos and chili sauce could all be put on a burger separately to enhance the flavor of a sandwich – I just went the extra step and made a sauce out of them.

I would like to build from here with this one. I think that I could add a couple more elements to brighten up the flavor like lemon juice and zest as well as give it a little more kick with the addition of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. I want to improve the sauce but it was fun to make, came together fast and made a good burger great. Can’t ask for more than that when you’re cookin' on the fly!

BEHIND THIS BITE
Burger Boom Boom Sauce

I’m still working hard on taking better sandwich photos. The sandwich photographed here looks a little fat. I trimmed the top and bottom bun down and I think I went a little too far because it looks like a slider, but it’s not. The patty is a half pound monsters. The trimmed buns around the sandwich remind me of those photos of people at Walmart that get shared on Facebook - the buns are like a tight top and shorts surrounding an exposed rotund belly.

Having said that, I still think the sandwich in the photo is appetizing it just needs more on the buns – I think I have actually said that about a female once or twice in my life and feel like a real food geek saying it about a picture of a sandwich I made – but so be it!

My food photography is still a work in progress. Can't wait to shoot another one soon.

Eat well, cook often ...

THE RECIPE
Burger Boom Boom Sauce

Make 3/4 Cup
5 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive

1/2 C Mayonnaise
1/4 C Chili sauce
2 Tbs Pickled jalapeƱo, finely diced

Make sauce
Mix together mayo, chili sauce and pickled jalapeƱos in a bowl until well combined. Place in refrigerator for at least half an hour. Use on as a condiment on burgers and hot dogs or with fries for dipping.

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