Friday, August 26, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie- Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburgers


Because I was peeling grapes all day,  I didn't get any great photos. However, the burger was great with my roasted veggies! Yum!

French Friday is here again and this week we are asked to make hamburgers...What? French hamburgers? Yes! Dories' friend Helene has a cafe in Paris's renovated Salle Pleyel concert hall, and she decided to put a hamburger on her menu. This is not your typical American hamburger, not that there is anything wrong with our American hamburger. I love hamburgers.  When I choose to go meatless for a few days, the thing I crave most is a hamburger.
Yesterday I was making concord grape jam. A very time consuming job! You have to slip the skins off of every grape! I guess it could be called occupational therapy.  So I was thrilled to make the hamburgers for dinner. Something that wasn't going to impact my day with hours of prep. I made the onion marmalade early in the day, so that when dinner time rolled around, I only had to mix the meat and grill. That's pretty much how it went. I added the sun-dried tomatoes, cornichons, capers, tarragon and parsley to my food processor. Mixed it into the beef and made my burgers. My husband grilled them...and I forgot the cheese! We really enjoyed these burgers and because my husband is on South Beach this week, it was a great choice! These hamburgers are really tasty with plenty of flavors going on and they all go quite well together!
Onion marmalade

Mixing the burgers
I made these wonderful roasted veggies to accompany my burger

I forgot the cheese! Not multi tasking very well! This does not look appetizing but it was great.

If you would like to make these burgers they can be found in Dorie Greenspan's cookbook "Around My French Table" or you can find it here at the New York Times.

23 comments:

  1. Kathy, your burger looked better than mine! And I love the look of those roasted veggies.

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  2. Burgers definitely don't seem to be the most photogenic food out there. Happy to hear that your family enjoyed this one and your roast veggies looked like the perfect side.

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  3. I agree that these burgers do not photo well except when wrapped in a yummy bun with toppings like cheese, etc. Actually the grape jam sounds wonderful and those roasted veges should be our dinner today...I think I will take your inspiration and go sweep out my fridge and get ready to roast. (I think you multitasked very well.)

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  4. Oh - roasted vegetables sound really good. I am not rushing summer, but I do miss some of fall treats like that!

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  5. We loved these, too! I love your roasted vegetables - they're colorful harbingers of autumn!

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  6. Oh, I love your side of veggies! And yummy burger :) You are a trooper for making this after a day of peeling grapes :)

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  7. Yummy roasted veggies- very pretty colors!
    I can't believe you peeling grapes all day, i bet your grape jelly will be amazingly good;-)
    I liked the burger and would make it again, I enjoyed mine without cheese too!

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  8. Your burger looks delicious! And, kudos for having roasted veggies with it!

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  10. Your photos are great, Kathy! We enjoyed these so much that I bought extra ground chuck and we are having them again this weekend. Your side looks so good and much healthier than the side of potato chips we had with ours. ;) Have a great weekend!

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  11. Stay safe, Kathy! The news looks scary from here! I hope your garden will stay protected, too! Looking forward to your Grape Jam post.

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  12. Looks great...and those roasted veggies were the perfect pairing! I made the burger as well (dropped the group formally as I was just not keeping up so I think I may post AMFT recipes on the tail of my Tuesdays with Dorie posts on Tuesdays as I am cooking from the book, just not the chosen recipes...sort of doing my own thing but a big fan of Dorie's recipes...have been in TWD almost from the beginning). The onion jam was amazing...I think I sampled that way more than necessary as it was cooking. I think I need to make a jar of that and just keep it in the frig to use for multiple things! Your photo is great...thanks for stopping by my blog, I will add you to my google reader as well!

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  13. Your roll looks so crispy, and the roasted veggies are a beautiful accompaniment. I'm glad to hear this worked out so well for you.
    Stay safe during the storm.

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  14. Looks delicious! I can't remember the last time I had a good burger!

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  15. The roasted veggies look good! Looks like you used white or yellow onion for the marmalade and it looks much prettier than mine. The red onion ended up kind of grey and flavorless.

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  16. It looks like a wonderful meal. I'd love to have shared it with you. Your vegetables look fantastic. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. Those veggies look wonderful as does your burger. Had Tricia's family for dinner and we all enjoyed this recipe. I'm listening to the wind and rain
    picking up here in PA., hope this will not turnout as they are predicting.
    Good luck in New Jersey.

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  18. Taking pictures of burgers is definitely not an easy task. Your meal looks wonderful with all the colorful veggies. Be safe, Kathy!

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  19. I love roasted veggies - great choice with the hamburger. We really enjoyed this one, too. I think the onion marmalade is a brilliant dressing.

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  20. Your roasted veggies side is a great idea! we eat low carb so this was an easy week for us and a great way to jazz up burgers. The marmalade was a hit and we will use that on other dishes.

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  21. Those burgers look delicious especially with the roasted vegetables as a side! There is nothing better than a juicy hamburger and adding the onion marmalade and sun-dried tomatoes sounds like it would taste amazing. Dorie does it again! :)

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  22. A dressed up burger can be a truly delicious thing! These sound excellent!

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  23. Kathy-I love the uniqeness of your burgers, especially the onion marmalade. The roasted veggies are a great addition to the burgers. Incidentally, that same Friday, we also had hamburgers, and veggie burgers at my son's...along with the roasted sweet potatoes my d-in-law made with them.
    Your photos are beautiful, as well!

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