Thursday, September 01, 2011

Episode 54 - Chicken Cordon Burger with a side of Bullets

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When I was little I lived in a single family home in a suburb of Ottawa.  It was nice and I had a big yard and was far from deprived, but I still always remember wishing I was lucky enough to live on a farm.  I had dreams about making forts out of hay bales and wearing cowboy boots.  I would save up all my allowance money and whine and beg for my dad to take me out horseback riding and I went through a short phase in which I was obsessed with cows. I had a cow Halloween costume, cow t-shirts and possibly most ridiculously, a cow patterned pyjama onesie .  I'm sure you're picturing a cute, little, pigtail-wearing 6-year-old, but no, in a true testament to my coolness, this was when I was 14.  Wow.  Oh, I also honestly thought that cleaning stables would be an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning.  All of this means two things: a) I was clearly a delusional child and b) that I've always been a country girl at heart!  
I'm convinced that this little history can be the only explanation for why I've embraced becoming a Carleton-Place-living, buffalo-plaid-wearing country girl so easily.  Well, that and maybe the fact that I also regularly embrace a darned good looking Carleton-Place-living, buffalo-plaid-wearing country boy.  Oh, Dawson, what have you and your adorable face done to me?  
The coolest couples wear matching outfits. 

In any case, about a year ago Dawson convinced me to go out to the shooting range and taught me to fire a gun.  Now, if you've never fired a gun before let me just tell you that it is oddly and surprisingly fun!  Who knew putting holes in a paper target could be so satisfying?! A bulls-eye is a thrilling thing!  So, yesterday I did something crazy - I mailed off my completed application for a gun license.   That's right internet!  I have graduated from redneck in training to full-fledged, card-carrying redneck.  Mom must be so proud.   
Look!  A girl with a gun!
Look!  A boy with a gun!

On a completely unrelated note, here's what we made for dinner today!  

Burger Patties

You want this in your belly. 
1 lb ground chicken
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

Swiss Cheese Gravy

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup table cream
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup grated swiss cheese
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

3 whole wheat burger buns, toasted
6 slices Black Forest ham
3 pieces of leaf lettuce
3 slices tomato

First, start by making the patties- dump everything into a bowl and mix with your hands until it looks evenly mixed.  Form the mess into 3 roughly equal patties.  Grill over medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side or until all of the pink is gone and the burgers are cooked through.

Meanwhile, start your cheesy gravy - melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Whisk in your flour to make a gross looking paste (a.k.a. a roux if you're being fancy).  While still whisking, stir in the cream and broth and cook until the whole thing starts to thicken.  If it thicken too much just add more broth to thin it back out.  Now stir in your grated cheese and seasonings.  Done!  Just keep the gravy over low heat until you're ready to build your burgers.

To build - spread about 1 tbsp of cheese sauce on the bottom bun to act as glue.  Top with a leaf of lettuce, a slice of tomato, a burger patty, 2 slices of ham and a healthy serving of cheese-y gravy.  Mmm cheeeeese.

So there you have it - cheese and guns! A typical day in the new country-style life of Kristy. 

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