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http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/0053.jpg?w=224&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/0053.jpg)If there’s one thing I adore on a burger, it’s Blue Cheese. There’s so much added complexity when you add it, it elevates your lucky meat above mere Cheeseburger. Adding Chestnut Mushrooms only enhances the deep, savoury awesomeness of this filling Burger.
Get your Mushrooms going first. I prefer Chestnut Mushrooms for this ; but it’s really up to you. Portobello would be good, as would Ceps, if you can find them. Slice and saute in a knob of butter and a splash of Olive Oil until golden. Whilst all this is going on, get your burgers on: as before – Hot Griddle Pan, a little oil and your burgers. Season with some salt this time, though.
When the Burger are nearly done, crumble that Blue Cheese onto it and leave to melt. I used a Blue Stilton, but you can literally use any you like. If you don’t like Blue Cheese, then I guess any strongish-tasting cheese will do. I’ve also used Cornish Yarg, which is an awesome cheese, with Mushrooms before to excellent effect.
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Open a poppy-seed bun, spread a little dollop of Mayo on it *- not too much, it’s going to be rich enough – and enjoy. This Burger is rich,filling and one to be savoured – much like the beer I’d like to recommend for you. Hardknott’s (http://forums.pubsgalore.co.uk/www.hardknott.com) Dark Energy has a lovely Woody note running through it, which sits really well with the beef, cheese and mushrooms. There’s hints of Black Pepper and Blackcurrant floating about too, but the beer has a wonderfully juicy, plummy finish with the slightest of Citrus finishing things up slightly fresher than you’d expect. However, if you can’t get a hold of this, Darker beers are where you want to be going, or maybe even sweet Barley Wines…experiment and let me know how you get on.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for Burger Week – so far. It’s been a popular little series, so I will be resurrecting it later in the year. In the meantime, If you have any Burgers you like and you’d like to see me make, drop me an email. I’ll take a look, and maybe you’ll see your burger in Burger Week: The Sequel! I’m very aware that there’s been no Veggie ones on here, so give me some ideas, you beer-drinking Veggies!

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