The week after we visited Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, we couldn’t get the burgers out of our mind. I happened to have his burger cookbook in my collection, and a plan quickly formulated to have a Bobby Flay Burger Cook-Off. Anything to have his Napa Valley burger again.
After leafing through the recipes in the cookbook, seriously each burger recipe looks better than the next. Oh those toppings! And then the onion straws. And the milkshakes. It was all we could do to cut the menu off where we did. Beth’s commitment to our plan included buying a Cool Daddy to make the onion straws – such dedication to our cause!
We ended up going with the Napa Valley Burgers, the Cheyenne Burgers, Onion Straws, and Strawberry Milk Shakes, all from the cookbook. Rounding out the meal were hot dogs for the kids, sweet potato fries, chips and guacamole and homemade coleslaw. Oh yes, and, of course, grown-up drinks.
1. The Burgers. Even with toppings galore, the recipes are basic, easy to follow and deliver. The Napa Valley burgers tasted as good as they did in the restaurant, and I love the warm goat cheese that sits on top of the ground beef. The Cheyenne Burgers are topped with Cheddar, homemade Barbecue Sauce and the Onion Straws. My mouth is seriously watering just thinking about the Onion Straws again.
Love Madeline’s expression in this one. I have no idea what she was looking at that was so darn awe-inspiring.
2. Those Onion Straws. Using only one onion, the recipe made a crazy amount. And that’s a good thing, because they are addictingly good. Whether topping the burger or eaten by themselves, you can’t go wrong. I bet they’d be fab dunked in a little Ranch sauce as well. It makes me want a fryer too, but I’m going to be brave. And just hope Beth puts hers to work again.
3. The Milk Shakes. Bobby’s recipes for the shakes use a fruit base that you make by simmering fruit for a bit. I’m not a big milk shake girl to begin with, but I could definitely change my tune after tasting the Strawberry one. It tasted like warm strawberry jam through and through, delivering a clear flavor that just couldn’t be beat.
If you like Bobby Flay, or burgers, pick up the cookbook. There are serious taste-bud delights from cover to cover.
When I caught a glimpse of the inside of Beth and Roger’s kitchen cabinets, I had to take a picture. These might be the best organized cabinets I’ve ever seen.