This morning';s NY Times has an interessting article about how hamburgers (of all things) are "taking Paris by storm." Yet when they go on to talk about the French burgers, seems they are rarely served with fries, a milk shake, if ordered, is "dessert," and they talk about bread and butter pickles and chiffonade of lettuce being American "standards" that many restaurants are adapting.
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Anyway, for me the bread and butter pickles just didn't ring any bells! And I consider chiffonade of lettuce fast food fare, and a whole lettuce leaf as standard in a sit down restaurant. Oh, and most Frenchmen (according to the article) eat their burgers with a knife and fork. So who needs bread if you eat it that way? (Now, now, let's don't all laugh and point at the same time!)
All of this made me extremely curious how the majority of CH's like their burger? For me, yeah, a sesame seed bun is nice, but I won't refuse to eat a burger without them. But I do insist on medium rare, and DO NOT PRESS DOWN ON THE PATTY WHILE COOKING!
Then I prefer:
The bun toasted on the flat top next to the burger, put the top of the bun on the burger when you flip it, place bun bottom on serving plate and
1. spread with mayyonaise
2. dot with a little yellow mustard
3. 3 large slices of dill pickle
4. a leaf of iceberg lettuce
5. a slice of beefsteak tomato, preferably an heirloom the size of the bun.
Top with the burger and bun top, set a small piece of lettuce on the plate and top with one very thin onion slice. I will taste the onion to see whether it is a sweet onion and/or was cut with the right kind of knife. (Amazing how many places slice onions with a carbon steel blade and create an onion nightmare!) Serve with fries and a bottle of ketchup, along with whatever drink suits my fancy. Oh, and the ketchup goes between the bun top and the burger patty, not on the fries!
So, as a reality check on whether I'm weird, you're weird, or the French are weird, how do you like your burger?
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