Remember when you were a child and laughed all the time, a hard laugh where milk shot out your nose and your french fries flew across the room? It’s pretty normal for kids, isn’t it? What about us grown-ups? Why don’t we get to laugh that hard? Why don’t we breakout in a fit of giggles so hard we get hiccups? I’m a pretty happy person, and I’m lucky enough to be married to a man that makes me laugh all the time, but I haven’t had a really great laugh in so long that I couldn’t tell you what state I lived in the last time I could not stop laughing.
Then last night happened. It wasn’t really anything big; just a silly bathroom humor joke on Brooklyn Nine-Nine; but I started laughing and couldn’t stop. The laugh became self-continuing. The harder I laughed, the harder I had to laugh. Tears were streaming down my face, and I could barely breathe. My husband, who had laughed pretty hard at the same joke, just stared at me in wonder – and mild concern. It was fantastic!
Now, how do you jump from a laugh so hard that your stomach muscles hurt the next morning to a recipe for a steakhouse mushroom burger with blue cheese coleslaw? Yea, I don’t really have a good way. Except that eating extra lean ground beef as a hamburger can also leave you in tears. Um…yup, it’s lame, but that’s what I’ve got. Go with it!
I wanted to take the flavors of a meal at a steakhouse and turn it into a healthier burger meal. Grass-fed beef has all the flavor of a good steak, but it can be way too lean and a little chewy to win the hearts of true steakhouse fans. So I took a pound of super-lean grass-fed ground beef (I used 92% lean beef) and I mixed it with a full pound of mushrooms which I chopped fine and sauteed with a little garlic. Not only does do these big boys pack a steakhouse punch of mushrooms and beef, but they also transform a pound of beef from four smallish quarter-pounders into five super-sized super-meaty incredibly juicy mushroom burgers.
The coleslaw which I love on top of the burger is my riff on a classic steakhouse wedge salad. It’s very easy, and it was a huge hit – even with my hubby who doesn’t love blue cheese. On it’s own it’s addictive, but pile it on the burger and you have a steakhouse meal in just one (much leaner) bite. Making it is as simple as making the simple dressing and tossing it with a bag of already cut coleslaw mix from the store. It is better if you can let it sit for a few hours, but it’s so easy you probably won’t mind.
I’m fairly certain that a good laugh is as cathartic as a good cry since they seem to be physiologically the same. As adults I think we laugh – really laugh – far too infrequently. Let’s do something about that. Let’s put together a link list of milk-shoot-out-your-nose funny clips so we can all have a little laugh therapy? I’ll start, but you add one in the comments too! (Please, I need another good laugh.) Here’s the link from last night’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I wanted to link to the real show, but they didn’t include that clip on their site (you really should FOX!)
So, to recap, these burgers are meaty, juicy and super tasty yet healthier than a steakhouse meal. They might not be as lean as the diet that Terry, Gina and Amy were suffering through in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but you won’t have any “tummy gurgles” either. Enjoy!