Roux – Definition

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[ROO] A mixture of flour and fat that, after being slowly cooked over low heat, is used to thicken mixtures such a soups and sauces. There are three classic roux-white, blond and brown. The color and flavor is determined by the length of time the mixture is cooked. Both white roux and blond roux are made with butter. The former is cooked just until it begins to turn beige and the latter until pale golden. Fuller-flavored brown roux can be made with butter, drippings or pork or beef fat. ti’s cooked to a deep golden brown and used for rich, dark soups and sauces. CAJUN and CREOLE dishes use lard based roux, which is cooked (sometimes for almost an hour) until a beautiful mahogany brown. This dark base is indispensable for specialties like GUMBO.

Grilled Cheese Hamburger?!?!

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A friend of a friend told me about something he made the other day at work: A grilled cheese burger. What is that you ask? Well, it is two grilled cheese sandwiches that are used as the buns for a hamburger.

I know, right? Doesn’t that make you want to cry it sounds so totally over the top and wonderful? I understand that it is pushing the envelope, but to each his own. Personally, I have every intention of trying it at some point. I don’t think I could handle it on a regular basis, but I cannot live without having carnal knowledge of that meal.

Just sit and think about it for a little bit…. And if you live near me, and are man enough, lets plans a cookout in early springĀ and make this happen.

P.S. My friend John just told me about this burger that takes it even a step further at Vortex in Atlanta:

DOUBLE BYPASS BURGER
Twice as big as the Coronary Bypass (which is a half pound!) Topped with
two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and
eight slices of bacon, all served between the two
grilled cheese sandwiches that we use in place of
the regular hamburger buns.

(Thanks Eric for the original inspiration. You are a true hedonist.)