Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chefs heat up the competition in burger bash

From page B6 | January 01, 2014 |

burgerCompetition heated up recently at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival’s signature event, Blue Moon Burger Bash.

In this grill-off, the country’s best chefs battled to see who makes the best burger. Participant Chef Paul Denamiel won Pat LaFrieda’s 2013 NYCWFF Burger Bash Judges’ Choice Award with a nearly perfect score for his French onion soup burger on a Thomas’ English Muffin.

“The crunchy texture from Thomas’ English Muffin, combined with sweet onions, a juicy burger and creamy béchamel sauce makes the French onion soup burger one of the most popular entrées at my NYC restaurants Le Rivage and Little Prince,” said Denamiel. “But I was still surprised to win since there were so many talented chefs.”

Denamiel is the owner and executive chef of Le Rivage, a traditional French restaurant that has been located on NYC’s historic “Restaurant Row” for almost 30 years.

Now, you can make your own version of the mouth-watering creation with Denamiel’s signature recipe.


French onion soup burger

Executive Chef Paul Denamiel of Le Rivage and Little Prince

six servings


6 -8 ounce burgers: blend of brisket, chuck and short rib
6 slices of Emmental cheese
6 large sandwich size Thomas’ English Muffins, toasted

For the onions

4 large Spanish onions
1 cup beef or chicken stock
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For the béchamel

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups milk, heated
salt and pepper to taste


In a heavy saucepan melt the butter. Using a whisk, whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour does not have the raw flavor, about 2 minutes. Let mixture bubble but do not let the mixture brown. Whisk in heated milk, mixing until there are no lumps and mixture is smooth. Continue to stir as the sauce thickens and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat.

To cool for later use, cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on top. Set aside.

For the onions

Peel the onions and cut in half length-wise into thin half moon slices. In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, sauté the onion with the olive oil. Add thyme sprigs and keep on heat until they are soft and caramelized. Add the stock and continue cooking until most of the liquid is evaporated. This may take about 20 minutes total cooking time. Remove thyme sprigs. Set aside.

For the burger

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Lightly brush the pan with olive oil. Generously salt and pepper both sides of each burger. Place burger on grill pan and cook 5-6 minutes on each side for medium burger. After burger is flipped, place cheese on top of burger and cook until desired internal temperature is reached and cheese is melted.

For assembly

Butter the toasted Thomas’ English Muffins. Place a tablespoon of béchamel sauce on bottom side of muffin. Place the burger on top and then place a tablespoon of the sautéed onions on top of the burger. Place the other half of the muffin on top of the onions.





District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3



My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4



Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments



Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8



Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5



Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17