Now don't be scared. Okay, Ferran Adria is most known for launching the concept of "molecular gastronomy." And if you've been served foam or a sous vide dish in a restaurant, it is all his fault. Alright, and ElBulli, the Spanish restaurant where he was chef, won the title of World's Best Restaurant five times before closing its doors this summer.
But like I said, do not be afraid. This cookbook, The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria (Phaidon Press, 2011), is absolutely home-cook friendly. Made up of three-course meals, Adria created this collection of recipes with budget and ease in mind. And the cookbook is designed with so many step-by-step photos that you feel confident about diving in. So, we hand it over to the master and his cheeseburger recipe. Who could be afraid of a cheeseburger? — C.M.
photo by Francesc Guillamet and Maribel de Erenchun
To make it even easier, you could use good-quality store-bought burger patties. If making your own, look for good-quality beef chuck with about 10% fat
You can add any other toppings you like, such as onion, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. To make a caramelized onion topping, thinly slice some onions and cook very gently with a little oil for about 1 hour, until soft and golden)
For the dressing:
¾ slice white bread (crust removed)
tsp whole milk
1½ lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground white pepper
6 tbsp olive oil
6 burger buns
6 cheddar cheese slices
6 oz potato chips
To make the burgers, tear the bread into pieces and soak in the milk for 5 minutes. Combine the meat, egg, soaked bread, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir together with your hands until you have an even mixture.
Divide into the appropriate number of portions and shape into patties.
Cook the burgers with the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, or under a hot broiler, turning once during cooking. Cook for 3 minutes for rare, 5 minutes for medium, and 8 minutes for well done.
Cut the buns in half and toast them lightly in a dry pan or under the broiler. Top each burger with a slice of cheese. Using a spatula, lift each burger onto a bun. Sandwich with the top half of the bun. Add your choice of toppings. Serve the burgers with potato chips on the side.