Last week was a good week. Amazing, really. DOMA was repealed, the long awaited season premiere of Dexter finally aired and my cousin Daniela bought her plane ticket for Los Angeles, California. Her destination: my house.
Not only did she buy her ticket, but she arrives tonight. So with this fine Tuesday comes a person who is near and dear to my heart. This person comes bearing gifts - namely Mexican food that we just can’t find in Southern California. You may be thinking, “Itzel you’re overreacting. How can one person alter your course in history for the better?” I’ll tell you how. She. Is. Awesome.
Why don’t we hang out every day? Good question. Would if I could but alas, she lives in México, along with most of my family. I’ve seen her roughly twice a year for two or three weeks at a time my entire life. It’s weird, but if you saw how close we are, you wouldn’t think we spent most of our lives very far from each other. To sum up just how awesome she is in one sentence: she knew me when I went through my weird awkward tween phase of wearing the same Britney Spears shirt daily, and she still talks to me. I can’t say that about a lot of people. Did I mention we used to have performances (choreographed by none other than the my very talented, then 12 year old sister) to this song?
So how do I welcome my friend from abroad? Why, I throw her a feast of monumental proportions. But not just any feast. An American feast. I want the finest American staple foods to greet her with when she walks through the door. Twinkies, ice cream, Dunkin' Donuts, hot dogs, burgers… then I remember I’m doing the cooking, so I settle for homemade burgers. When we were little, my sister and I used to call homemade burgers ‘MacMamys’. English translation: McMoms. Not very creative, BUT very delicious. I decided to add a twist and make these inside out burgers.
1 slice of pepper jack cheese
1 1/2 lb of ground beef
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 lbs ground beef
1/2 diced red onion
In a bowl, mix the ground beef with the diced onion, salt and pepper. Use your hands; it feels weird and mushy but it's the only way to make sure all the ingredients get thoroughly and evenly mixed together.
When the ground beef is mixed, start laying it out into thin patties. Use your hands as well to shape and mold the patties into desired size.
Add a slice of cheese evenly on top of the thin patty. Top it off with another thin patty and make sure to cover the cheese entirely with ground beef.
*Side note: If you want to get creative, now's your chance. You can add more ingredients in between the patties to create a bigger and better burger. I kept it simple, but you can add bacon ('Murica!) or grilled onions inside the patty, to name a few.
Grill or pan fry the burger until it's well done. This should take about 4 mins. When it's finished, place it onto the hamburger bun and top it off with whatever burger ingredients suit you. I added lettuce, tomato, mustard and avocado.
Honestly these things are delicious. No one, and I mean no one, has dared call them anything but. Pressure is on chef.