Thursday, September 15, 2011

Come Ride with Me to the Distant Shore

Recently on a gorgeous Saturday night, I hosted a few ladies over for cocktails and dinner. My sister insisted we make “Ambrosia” burgers, which she enjoyed on a trip to Nepenthe in Big Sur, California. Judging from the photos, I am hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot to enjoy anything, let alone the perfect burger. Yeah, you heard me. Perfect. She grilled them up, and was quick to point out that you must follow the recipe to the letter. Don’t get all fancy on yourself and start tinkering. (which, by the way, it irks me to read some people’s reviews of recipes. They trash the recipe and then follow with “so I added 3 cans of cheddar cheese soup and smothered it with crushed potato chips, THEN it was edible”; but I digress) And DO not ruin them by flattening with the spatula and flipping them 12 times. Don’t you have better things to do?

The folks at Nepenthe have posted the recipe and the instructions for their simple masterpiece in the link below.  I encourage you to use the freshest ground beef possible, it is well worth it! Keeping with the California theme, the burgers were paired with Carmody McKnight “Motif” Cheval Rouge. I think we have a new desert island meal!

Nepenthe - Ambrosia Burger

Carmody McKnight