Friday, February 26, 2010

Super Caroline's Bacon Turtle Burger Fun!

So here is a good one. Super Caroline, my friend from grad school (the smartest cookie around) is a human computer interface genius who happens to be a great cook, runner, bikes 9 miles to work and makes beautiful art kinda woman. She and I became friends when I had my first official meltdown in grad school. I forgot to hit save (or so I thought I forgot) on a 5000 word Art History final the night before it was due. Of course Super Caroline retrieved my paper and I owed her a home cooked Indian meal. We have been friends since and have had many an adventure fooding around Chicago.

So featured below is her dinner tonight. It looks like so much fun to make but definitely not for the calorie counters (though Super Caroline will probably run it off - oh did I mention she sometimes runs 10 miles to work on LSD - Lakeshore Drive silly).

I love this turtle burger for all the fun that can be had with food.  The photographs and descriptions are courtsey Super Caroline with some minor additions/editions by me. Also I think this would be a perfect "I am uptil 4 a.m. and I am craving bacony something" kind of food.

Ingredients:
Very lean beef and/or buffalo meat or any gorund meat of choice (4 oz would be enough. Make meatballs with the extra).
Andouille sausage or good ole franks
Packet of bacon or more
Cheddar cheese
Garlic cheddar cheese
1 egg white
Spices (salt, peppar, bbq sauce etc)
Ginger, cilantro, chili powder can also be great additions

Start making the bacon weave. Cut some of the fat off the outside of the bacon to make it straight.
 
And this is how we weave bacon. See? all that 4-H isn't going to waste! (4- H for those like me who don't know its some American thing like Girls Scout but for sewing and weaving and making crafty things).
 
Weaving the bacon
 
Ta- da!...........
 
Mix the ground meat, spices and egg white. The egg white is used to help hold things together.
 
Make a meat patty, put it on the weave
 
Place some garlic cheddar cheese on the patty.
 
And more meat! Place another patty on the cheese.
 
And more Cheese ((I told you this was insane)
Fold the bacon weave over it.
Cut sausages in half both length wise and cross wise. If using hot dog it may not have to be split as the sausages are fatter than hot dogs - but way tastier. Make 3 cuts in the "feet" sausages and one cross wise cut in the "head" sausage (so it will look like a mouth opening). Carve out a conical tail as well.
Make holes in the bacon weave, poke sausages into the body embedding them into meat by about 1". Use extra bacon to cover the gap and bring stray ends of bacon into the weave.
Use a spatula to get it onto the pan.
 
Put toothpicks (that have been soaking in water) into the body to secure the sausages and keep the bacon ends secure.
Use an oven thermometer and get that dial up to beef - well! Took her 45 minutes at 400. Cooking time depends from oven to onve so poke the turtle and when the juices aren't red anymore it is well done!
Muaha haaaaaaaaaa!
"Mmmm. and for my next trick... using reptile meat to make a replica of a pig"- Super Caroline
  
Chef's Tip:
  • Cutting the excess edge fat off the bacon so it has a more regular shape helps a lot.
  • Do not eat all at once.. this could last you a long time. 
Warning: House can smell of bacon for a couple of days

57 comments:

  1. This is the craziest meal ever! How many types of meat can you combine into one meal?? However, it looks delicious and I would totally eat it ;)

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  2. haha- yes it is a bit over the top isnt it. I thought it was great.

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  3. Looks great, so complex though.

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  4. Did anyone die from a heart attack after this? Be honest. Looks delicious though! I'm going to go for a run now. I feel I just gained 500 calories by just looking at these pictures. BRB!

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  5. http://klg2a.blogspot.com/2010/02/super-bowl-bacon-cheese-turtleburger.html

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  6. LOVE the "Muaha haaaaaaaaaa!" above the knife photo. :D

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  8. hello! i found this recipe a few weeks back and been preparing to cook it on my birthday this friday! thanks a lot for the awesome idea! me and my friends (and our collective stomachs:) thank you in advance for your culinary genius.

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  9. Mmmmmmm!!! This would be perfect for the Atkins' diet.

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  10. Though I am a pure vegetarian, it looks very interesting

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  11. @everyone- Wow I just read all these comments.. months later. I did not think most people were reading my blog. Chad I hope your friends and you survived.

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  12. when anything has bacon in the label ... they will come.... LOL

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  13. I am intrigued into making these - but cannot determine how large the hamburger patties should be?
    Any help?

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  14. i made this tonight!!!! it was soooo good.

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  15. @sdgrymnt: Well I think that would depend on the size of the weave you make with the bacon. But I think a 3" diameter patty should be good.

    @Lonnie: That sounds like fun. Im glad you enjoyed it.

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  16. So I just made this for a bacon event, and it was AWESOME! Thanks for the directions, trimming the fat really did help.

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  17. Were making these for company tonight! Hope we do it right!

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  18. @ greg and Ben- thanks for following this recipe. I hope u had fun with it. Do visit again.

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  19. Looks yummy, this is going on a list of possibles to try making with some other very unhealthy things like the pizzagna.

    On a side note, 4-H until the last couple decades was an Agricultural Club for kids. You'll find most County Fairs have 4-H contests for largest animal raised by a kid and such. Good Organization.

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  20. Wow! That was like very new to me. What a meal! Really looks so delicious with all those stuffed inside.
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  21. I am totally gonna make it for my husband. he's prolly eat the whole thing in 1 sitting

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  22. Wow! A good recipe for the holidays! I just knew about this. Turtle ham burger is a great opportunity for business. It is a great idea that this is the way how it can be cooked and prepared. The Chocolate Covered Bacon are also goodies that will make your parties, holidays and occasions very exciting.

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  23. Woven bacon strips! Beautiful!

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  24. Using this format to make a 1lb of beef bacon weave, all meat and cheese burrito......hope it turns out good.

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  25. Goodluck Steven. Do let me know how it went.

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  26. Okay, we here at Cheesebetty may have seen it all now. Thank you for this delectable item. We will have to include it in our recipe rolodex.

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  27. A friend linked this in German Discworld Fanclub. I think this will make a great base for Great A'Tuin. Now we have to find out how to make the 4 Elephants and the Disc itself... any idea?

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  28. Hi Mad Butcher, I love Prachetts discworld. Can you send me the site where this blogpost is linked. I am wondering how we can make the elepahnts. The disc could be a pizza crust base or a bun. Elephants can be carved out of potatoes. Would make a complete meal I think.

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  29. Hi Curry Spice, this makes me happy that you know and love Pterry as well! But I am very sorry, cause you have to be a member to read the site were its linked to. If you talk German you are welcome to join! Its www.scheibenwelt.de
    I promise thou to make a photo when I could make a discworld. I wonder if I use bluetainted mushed potatoes for the oceans...

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  30. I have made this but did not use all that bacon. It was wonderful and would recommend anyone to try it.

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  31. Hi there,
    I'm member of the German Discworld Fanclub, too, and I'd like to translate the recipe for our club magazine, if that were okay to you.

    I've made one some days ago and it was ... wow, it tasted absolutely great, but I was so filled up afterwards, I didn't eat anything else that day.
    But it helped me find out that I like cheddar. :-D

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  32. Hey Librarian- You are most welcome to translate the recipe. I am glad you enjoyed it. Do link my blogpost to your recipe translation.
    And thanks once again.

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  33. For a moment, I stared at the screen and got lost in those words.

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  34. I am so glad you had this site. I had seen a turtle burger in a magazine last year and couldn't remember the time and temp. I belong to a group called the turtles and was going to surprise them this year with this delicious meal. Mine does not have all the cheese and I use ground steak with little fat to compensate for the bacon. The grand kids love the turtle burgers.

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  41. Es ist echt eine geile Idee! Sieht super lecker aus.

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  42. Das muß ich auch mal probieren! sieht sehr gut aus

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    1. Habe es ausprobiert und es war ein nur gut!

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  43. I am so gonna make these this weekend for Memorial Day. My kids and grandkids will love them!

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  44. I loooove this one: It's meat, coated in bacon and decorated with sausage.
    I made it myself and it was great :)

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  45. Looking forward to making a variation this for a July 4th picnic. Hoping to use more meat & cheese and shape it into an alligator so that it can be sliced and placed on hamburger buns.

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  46. My husband broke his ankle going after a real turtle at our engagement party july 3, 2012, now married, im making this to mark his one year with his new surgical parts, and he can finally have his turtle, safely. :)

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  47. My son is having a "Turtle Man" themed birthday party! I can't wait to see the look on their faces when I serve these "turtles."

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  48. hmm, like good taste, but i don't like this style

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  49. well, i found this recipe a few months ago and have made it 3 or 4 times now ... It is so good i just love it.

    thanks for the recipe.

    I even face book pictures of it for my friends .. they drool all over it ...lol

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