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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Beach Haven Fishery - Four Different Burger Specials!!!

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Beach Haven Fishery, Long Beach Island, NJ

FOUR  - count 'em, FOUR Burger Specials: 

The Mt. Thaddeus Burger -
The Italian Stallion Burger - 
The Manhattan Project Burger- 
The "Elvis has Left the Building" Burger - 

I was lucky enough to catch the staff of the BHF early enough this weekend to get invited into the kitchen for the preparation and "tasting" of 4 new special burgers. It was an experience I will not soon forget.

Chef Jude, Paul Teutul (Jr.) Chef "Magic" Mike, Chef Pat.

First Up:
The Mt. Thaddeus Burger 
Build: (bottom to top) garlic-mayo spread, slice of fried breaded eggplant, sauteed mushrooms and onions, 1/2 pound Black Angus burger, fresh mozzarella, another slice of fried breaded eggplant with marinara sauce and a dusting of Parmesan cheese, fresh arugula, drizzle of balsamic reduction, garlic-butter spread on a fresh (baked-on-premises) Ciabatta roll.
Comments: This burger raises the bar for Artisan style burgers. It defines some of the freshest flavors of Italy in just one sandwich and it's all the creation of Chef Jude at the BHF. This is one of only a few burgers that defy my ability to properly define how truly great flavors blend with just mere words. I've added captions to the photos so you can see the stages of the burger build the way I did - it might help you to realize how perfectly thought-out these ingredients were. Nuff said, go to the BHF and order one. You won't be sorry. (be sure to check the close-up autopsy shot).

BTW,  not only do all four burgers this weekend rate a 10/10, they are all a very STRONG 10/10. 

Chef Jude says: "Check dis out" 
(pay no attention to the creepy muslim dude)

Medium Rare Please...

Butter, Garlic, any questions?

Fresh Mozzerella

Sauteed Mushrooms & Onions over Fried Breaded Eggplant

Topped with 1/2 lb Black Angus Burger and Fresh Mozz...

Another slice of eggplant with tomatoes and parmesan cheese

A layer of Fresh Arugula & Basil

A Generous Drizzle of the Balsamic Reduction

The Mt. Thaddeus Burger

Killer Autopsy Shot

Next Up, Burger #2:
The Italian Stallion Burger 
Build: (bottom to top) garlic-mayo spread, fried chicken cutlet, slice of fried breaded eggplant, fresh mozzarella, another slice of fried breaded eggplant with marinara sauce and a dusting of Parmesan cheese, 1/2 pound Black Angus burger, fresh arugula, drizzle of balsamic reduction, garlic-butter spread on a fresh (baked-on-premises) Ciabatta roll. Can you say, "HOLY SH*T" ? 


Slow down, take your time and look at what's going on here.....


Burger # 3
The Manhattan Project 
Build: 1/2 pound Black Angus Beef, 4 slices Philadelphia cream cheese, raw red onion rings, capers, Ciabatta roll.
Comments: This baby needed no sauces or seasonings - the flavors of the ingredients and the juices from the burger blended to create an amazing burger. The mild sweetness of the cream cheese along with the tartness of the capers works perfectly when blended with the juicy burger which had a slight char flavor.  Simple, yet complex flavors... um um um. The Manhattan Project is but another award winner.

Burger # 4
The "Elvis has Left the Building" Burger -
Build: 1/2 pound Black Angus Beef, garlic infused peanut butter, bacon, rustic Ciabatta roll.
Comments: This burger is aptly named for it's absence of bananas from Elvis' famous favorite sandwich (peanut butter, banana and bacon). For me, cooking with garlic and/or butter is like cheating on a test, let's face it, you just can't fail. This beauty has both, plus the added bonus of peanut butter & bacon which made it so stupid-good I could have eaten two. The garlic/peanut flavor was distinct but not overpowering with a faintly familiar taste that reminds you of some Asian dish you've eaten without being overtly Chinese in taste. Also, the crunch and saltiness of the bacon countered the sweetness of the peanut butter perfectly. This burger does not taste the way you think it might, and I have to tell you, it works, and it works in a big way. Do it.

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