My great-uncle Denny was the type of guy who was full of shtick. You can’t find any more people like him around. He was that old-school funnyman, the comedian and prankster in the family; he and my grandfather were best friends. In 1944, my grandfather was 18 years old and he was working as a soda jerk in his father’s restaurant, Paul’s Sandwich Shop, in Montreal, Canada. So here’s to you, Uncle D—thanks for all the laughs!–Spike Mendelsohn
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This unforgettably compelling chili-Cheddar burger is what it is—true guy food, no apologies. That said, if manners are at all a concern for you, you may wish to wrap half the burger in wax paper. More than just pretense, it actually minimizes the messiness. But then, perhaps that’s not even a concern…
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- 15 M
- 25 M
- Serves 6
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The chili and cheese burger is a hit, but only when served together. The chili recipe seems to be written as a standalone chili, with the burger and the cheese sauce as supporting components. I thought the chili might be too spicy, but when you add the cheese sauce and sour cream, it’s all just perfect. The first couple of bites were a complete mess, but after that, I just embraced the mess and enjoyed the burger. It’s actually not that time-consuming of a recipe, aside from waiting for the chili to thicken. The cheese sauce can be made during that time (it makes an awesome nacho cheese dip, too) and the burgers grill up pretty quickly. It’s not really a company meal and it might be a bit too messy for a standing bbq, but it works for a fun supper. Plus, one burger will fill you up completely!
After all that work, when you finally put the elements together just as the recipe directs, you end up with a sandwich that’s worth writing home about. I’ll definitely make this again and again and again. Every one of my tasters gave it a thumbs up, and wanted seconds. No one really needs a lesson in Burger 101, but I think the use of 5 ounces makes the patty fit into those potato rolls perfectly. Though the recipe may be a lot of trouble just for a good burger, the chili is good and I’ll make it again. That said, I’m making those Garlic Fries tonight and pouring chili and cheese sauce over them!