In the course of starting this blog I’ve really enjoyed documenting recipes, learning new cooking techniques, and sharing/getting recipes from fellow bloggers. I can’t imagine going back to cooking without blogging! With the being said, I’ve noticed that I’ve fallen into a cooking comfort zone. It’s a cozy zone, where I stick with my trusted set of ingredients and rarely venture into uncharted culinary territories, at least, uncharted for myself. I’ve decided that a new feature of my blog is going to be geared strictly at me stepping outside of this comfort zone (sometimes leaping). One recipe a week must use a new ingredient that I’ve never cooked with before. Just to note, it doesn’t mean I’ve never eaten it before, just never actually cooked and blogged a meal with it. For example, I’ve never made anything in over a year and a half with carrots. So you see, it won’t always be obscure ingredients, sometimes it will be very ordinary things but have always been outside the realm of the CCZ (cooking comfort zone).
The Sriracha Burger is my first recipe for my emerging from my CCZ. I’ve never cooked with Sriracha before, but I’ve seen the Sriracha Burger circulate around the blogging world so I figured it was worth the try. I smelled the sauce, and didn’t think it smelled overly spicy, even though I knew it was a hot sauce.
I put a small dab on my finger and gave it a taste, and almost immediately my mouth ignited to the temperature of what I assume the 7th circle of hell must be like. I proceed to extinguishing the heat with a few healthy gulps of Chardonnay.
I should had been better prepared, given this depication from The Oatmeal:
The verdict on the burger? Amazing! The above picture is true, it’s a tasty firestorm! The heat is just enough, and the mild Swiss cheese and salty bacon are the perfect combinations. I added a Sriracha mayo sauce instead of bleu cheese as the orginal reciep calls for (I’m not a bleu cheese fan).
A note on the cooking instructions, I’m a loser and don’t use the grill. My instructions are for pan cooking burgers, but I’ve linked to the source recipe so you can get the grilling instructions if you choose to do it that way.
Ingredients- Yielded 2 burgers
-1/2 pound ground beef
-3 strips bacon
-1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce, plus 2 teaspoons
-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1 tablespoon mayo
-2 slices Swiss cheese
-2 hamburger buns
1. Cook bacon in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until crispy, dice. In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, 1 tablespoon Sriracha, onion powder, and pepper.