until i met nick.
soon into our dating, somehow i was telling him how i had been anemic and he promptly declared "you need to eat more red meat", and all of a sudden late night dates for cheeseburgers became our "thing". and ever since then, i love a good burger. yes, i'm now that girl. and i fully embrace it.
in fact, one of our favorite local pizza joints has a to die for big mac pizza on their menu. it is one of my favorite things and we actually just ate it the other night: ground beef, lettuce, cheese, pickles and the sweet, tangy "big mac" sauce... i know what you're thinking: pickles on a pizza?! you have no idea. where was this pizza when i was pregnant??
it's been chilly here this week and that only means one thing: the beginning of fall/cold weather/comfort food cooking... and that means lots of soup and chowders. i've made cheeseburger soup a few times, but our trip to our pizza joint and feasting on their big mac speciality just made me want to take it up a notch... and so i did.
i added pickles.
i used this recipe as my base, and then tweaked it a bit. the end result? absolute deliciousness in a bowl. with cheese. and pickles.
need i say more?
* 1 lb. ground beef
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* 1 t. dried basil
* 1 t. dried parsley
* 4 T. butter
* 3 c. chicken stock
* 2 medium potatoes, chopped
* 1/4 c. flour
* 1/4 c. dill pickles, diced
* a generous splash of pickle juice (sorry; didn't really measure...suit your taste!)
* 1 t. salt
* 1/2 t. pepper
* 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
* 1 1/2 c. milk
* 1/4 c. sour cream
- in a large stockpot, melt 1 T. butter over medium heat. add onion, carrots, celery and ground beef. cook until beef is brown.
- add chicken stock, basil, parsley and potatoes and bring to a boil. cook until potatoes are fork tender.
- melt remaining 3 T. of butter, whisk in flour and milk until smooth. slowly add milk mixture to the stockpot, stirring constantly. bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.
- add in pickles, juice and salt and pepper. stir in cheese until melted.
- stir in sour cream and heat through; DO NOT BOIL.
- serve with crusty bread and be happy. it's delicious.