Friday, September 2, 2016

Saturday Down South: In 'n Out Animal Style Double Bacon Cheeseburger Dip with Mustard Grilled Burger Crumbles, Pan Fried Caramelized Onions, Cubed Dill Pickles, Diced Tomatoes, Crispy Bacon Lardons, + Secret Sauce Drizzle

It's officially the most wonderful time of the year... football season!! I swear my Mountain Man has been counting down the days since we won the national championship last season. Now comes the time of friends, tailgating, fatty food, bonfires, and plenty of booze. 

One of the mainstays of our menu is hearty dip, and this recipe that I am featuring today is just that! The inspiration came from a burger joint that is extremely popular in California... In n' Out Burger. Since Alabama is playing USC tomorrow, I thought this would be the perfect time to feature my first (of many) tailgate recipes this year. When you order a burger or fries "animal style", this usually means that it comes with extra secret sauce, caramelized onions, mustard grilled patties, and pickles. So, I started off with a creamy dip base and added mustard grilled burger crumbles, crispy bacon lardons, pan fried caramelized onions, cubed bread n' butter pickles, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese. After it is baked in the oven until golden brown + delicious, you whip a batch of my not-so-secret secret sauce and drizzle it over the top. At this point, everyone will be salivating, so all that is left to do is serve with some some chips or crackers. I also like to put out some different bowls with burger toppings for extra garnishing... pickles, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, + more sauce. That way, when a friend grabs a chip and some dip, they can sprinkle a little bit of this and a little bit of that on top for the perfect bite! This recipe is super easy, so almost anyone can whip it up, don't y'all worry. I hope y'all love this first recipe of the season!! Enjoy :)

For the Mustard Grilled Burger Crumbles:
1lb 75-25 Ground Chuck
¼C Yellow Mustard
Kosher Salt + Fresh Cracked Pepper, To Taste
4T Unsalted Butter

For the Pan Fried Caramelized Onions:
2 Large Vidalia Onions, Sliced
4T Unsalted Butter + 2T Vegetable Oil
Kosher Salt, To Taste
¼C Sugar

For the Dip:
8oz Herbed Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
1C Sour Cream
½C Mayo
2C Shredded Cheddar, Split
2C Mozzarella Cheese, Split
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
1-2T Worcestershire Sauce
½t Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, & Onion Powder
Kosher Salt + Fresh Cracked Pepper, To Taste
Prepared Mustard Grilled Burger Crumbles
Prepared Pan Fried Caramelized Onions
1 Medium Tomato, Diced
½C Bread n’ Butter Pickles, Diced
Shredded Romaine Lettuce

For the Secret Sauce:
1/3C Mayo
3T Ketchup
1-2T Sweet Pickle Relish
1t Sugar + 1 White Vinegar
¼t Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, + Paprika
Kosher Salt + Fresh Cracked Pepper, To Taste

1. Preheat the open to 350 degrees and spray a pan with Pam.
2. For the Mustard Grilled Burger Crumbles: In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown the ground beef. Pour off any extra fat and stir in the mustard. Season with salt and pepper, and then set it aside.
3. For the Pan Fried Caramelized Onions: Heat the butter and onion in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.
4. For the Secret Sauce: Mix together all of the ingredients until everything is incorporated. Taste the sauce and adjust to your taste preferences. Set this sauce aside until you want to top the dip with it.
5. For the Dip: Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, and bet until smooth. Add in 1C each of the shredded cheddar and mozzarella (saving the rest to put on top), followed by the mustard grilled burger crumbles, cooled caramelized onions, minced garlic, Worcestershire, spices, diced tomato, and diced pickles. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the left over cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese has melted and begun to brown on top. Remove the dip from the oven and drizzle the secret sauce over the top. Serve with Ritz crackers or potatoes chips, and have a bowl of shredded lettuce on the side to garnish the dip.

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