Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July

For those of you who celebrate such things, tomorrow is Independence Day in America. We'll be grilling out, swimming in the lake, and watching the fireworks over Lake Weir. We may have a bonfire- that will depend on the weather. We're still experiencing the outer bands of the Hurricane Arthur. Hopefully it will have passed on by tomorrow.

And of course, lots of people will be drinking. Sadly, some of those people will choose to get behind the wheel. So please enjoy yourselves and watch out for drunk drivers.

This is such a big family holiday that I'm going internet silent until sometime on the 5th. Feel free to contact me, but I probably won't respond until after the holiday. So thank you for visiting, enjoy the music and (picture of) fireworks, and check out the super secret Keire family recipes for 4th of July Burgers!

5 lbs ground chuck
12 oz roll pork sausage, mild or spicy, according to taste
3 tablespoons Montreal Steak seasoning
3 tablespoons Dale's steak sauce
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
a few vigorous shakes of Everglades seasoning

Mix all the above together in a huge mixing bowl. Don't be shy- use your hands and really dig in there to mix it up. Don't stop until your hands ache- that's how you can tell it's well mixed. Divide meat mixture into about 12 equal patties (we're feeding five people, including two teenagers who eat like starving bears). Of course, you may prefer to make 8 huge ones, or 14 smaller . . . whatever works for you. Grill until crispy on the outside and cooked to taste throughout.

We top ours with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, the usual condiments, pickles, pepper jack and sharp colby cheeses, and, of course, bacon. We also keep both seeded and plain buns, which we toast for a minute on the grill before eating.

NOTE: These are probably terrible for you, which is why we hardly ever make them. The fourth of July, maybe Labor Day and Memorial Day, and if someone is very very lucky, perhaps a birthday, although that is doubtful.