On my business travels in the States I’ve noticed one major, important thing. The hotels are the best you’ll find in the world. I’m not talking about 5 star or anything. I mean any average, run-of-the-mill business hotel. They’re great. Why?
- The rooms are always huge
- The alarm clocks are all the same no matter where you stay so its easy to use them
- The ironing boards are massive so its easy to get your shirt ready in the morning
- The barman comes and asks you if you want a refill only when your glass is empty
- The in-room coffee is percolated and made by some guy called Wolfgang Puck.
(It’s worth pointing out that I’ve only stayed in Hiltons – I’ve heard some bad things about Western Inn, probably untrue).
So who is this Puck guy? And what is his connection to the display of juicy loveliness in the picture below?
Well apparently he is very famous in the States but not so well known over here in good old Blighty. And at this year’s Oscars he prepared the after-show food. One of the dishes was mini-burgers (made with Kobe beef or something equally, insanely expensive) with some kind of fancy sauce (remoulade I think).
In a fit of ambition I thought I’d try out this recipe. But I didn’t have the fancy beef. And in England you can’t get bricohe rolls (you can get brioche fingers, brioche loaf, but not bap rolls) and I couldn’t really figure out the essential nature of remoulade so I made it up.
So I started by getting the sauce ready which (if I remember correctly) was cream, wine, butter, peppers (and some other things which I can’t remember). Anyway it looked like this:
Then I formed some small patties from some minced steak and cooked on the griddle:
Then I tried to make burger-sized baps from a bricoche loaf and toasted them for a minute or two:
Then I created the burger, starting with a bap bottom:
Then a burger with some melted cheese:
Then a dollop of the mystery sauce:
Then a bap crown. For the mystery-sauce-dislikers I substituted some gherkins. So there you have it – my attempt at Wolfgang Puck’s Oscar Burgers. He has nothing to worry about.