she called from college last night.
we talked forever.
i loved it.
she ended it with a request…
could i please make good food for her when she comes home for christmas break?
for instance, my famous hamburgers.
so funny how something that i take for granted on a weekly basis as a food to make when running out the door is her wish for a meal.
love that girl.
TRACY’S FAMOUS BURGERS (per our kids):
1 bag of hawaiian sweet rolls. the plain original ones.
1 lb. hamburger. the cheap kind. 15-20% fat. sorry all you dieters. fry or bbq. use salt, pepper and a little johnny’s seasoning. must cook until crispy edges and no red inside.
mayo and ketchup for brooke. no cheese. ever. don’t even ask her.
mayo and ketchup for mason. cheddar cheese. must be tillamock brand. and caramelized onions if i have a chance to make them.
mayo and mustard and crunchy pickle slices for greg.
mayo and diced onions and shredded lettuce for me. oh, and crunchy pickles on the side.
CARAMELIZED ONIONS (since you are probably wondering):
one sweet onion. chop into little pieces. or thin strips. but little pieces cook faster and i am impatient.
1or 2 tsp. butter
1 or 2 tsp. vegetable oil
(the butter and oil depend on how big your onion is. i usually start out with 1 tsp. each and add a little as they are cooking if needed.)
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar (from trader joes)
melt butter and oil in pan. add onions. cook on low until soft. it takes about 20 minutes. watch it so it does not burn. i find that those expensive fancy stoves tend to run hotter. good thing we have a cheapo version that came with the package with the refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave.
turn up heat to medium high and add balsamic vinegar and fry really quick until dark on edges. my friend adds a little sprinkle of brown sugar at this time. i do not. i’m trying to be heathy. hahahaha.
once they look well done (not burned), remove from heat. ok to top hamburger at this time.
or, you can make a double batch and cool some of the onions and add to a French onion dip.
CARAMELIZED ONION DIP (since i’m on a roll now):
2 c. sour cream.
1 c. best foods regular mayo (do not use olive oil or light versions)
1 pkg. lipton onion soup mix
1/4 c. caramelized onions
mix all together. refrigerate at least two hours.
serve with plain ruffles with ridges potato chips or plain baked lays.
you are welcome!