French Fridays with Dorie: Café Salle Pleyel burger

Dorie Greenspan's Café Salle Pleyel burgerThis week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was one I had been looking forward to making since I first got the book. I love a good burger and so does Neil and really, who can resist a home-made burger – so easy to make and just so much better than store bought.

I *just* managed to squeeze this in this week. I got home late Tuesday night from Vancouver and left very early Thursday morning, headed to La Paz (Baja California Sur, Mexico) for a TweetUp sponsored by We Visit Mexico (more on this in coming posts!) so I literally had one day in which to make this. It was a perfect supper for a hot, thundery night, plus, it literally took 15 minutes to prepare and hardly any time to cook.

I’ll admit that I didn’t measure out the add-ins (capers, tarragon, parsley, cornichons and sun-dried tomatoes – though I used roasted red peppers because I couldn’t find the tomatoes at short notice) for the burger meat so carefully so the patties were a little “wet”.  I used lean ground beef and some stewing beef which I ground myself and added in – it made for a nice texture but they felt messy still.  The fact that I used roasted red peppers instead of sun-dried tomatoes probably played a role in this but I did feel they could have used some sort of binding agent to make them less “fally-aparty” (hey, if Dorie can use words like “do-aheadable”, I can use fally-aparty). I was also a little flustered cooking them and since they are shaped by hand, mine were a bit uneven so I served Neil’s a little on the RAW rare side. Ahem. Quickly fixed by a couple more minutes on the grill! I also forgot the cheese.

(no, I did not make those buns from scratch – no time, plus, bread and I are still not friends…)

Dorie’s recipe includes a red onion jam which was a peculiar recipe indeed. I found the mix of water, red onions, butter and coriander just wasn’t coming together like a jam should so I ended up pouring off some of the water and adding a few tablespoons of sugar so that it finally ended up “jammy”.  Spread on the top bun, this was an extraordinarily powerful (but not overpowering) flavour that married very well with the sharp cornichon in the burger. Loved this. Will be making it again. Onion jam on burgers – brilliant!

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67 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Café Salle Pleyel burger

  1. Belinda @zomppa August 26, 2011 at 07:47 #

    Nice! Who doesn’t love a good burger?

  2. Nelly Rodriguez August 26, 2011 at 08:19 #

    This burger looks delicious and onion jam? Yes please!

  3. Mr. Neil August 26, 2011 at 08:32 #

    Okay now I generally do very well with foods that make a noise whence poked with a fork, but my burger was not on the “raw side of rare”. It was raw. I would have happily eaten, but I think mardi was about to lose hers just watching me take a bite… 🙂

    Paired with a bold and slightly spicy Cotes du Rhone Villages. We’ve been drinking strictly pinot noir the past weeks (besides a lot of white and rose), so this was a bit of a “whoah” wake-up call. Matched the burger perfectly, and was only 14% ABV.

    The jam was delightful. I remember falling in love with a gourmet onion jam Chef Kylie made, our former culinary school instructor. Mmmmm.

  4. Liz August 26, 2011 at 08:58 #

    LOL, yours still look fabulous despite the fallapartiness (I’ve expanded on your new word ;)). And I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the onion jam, too~

    PS…Laughing at Mr. Neil’s two cents~

  5. Kelly August 26, 2011 at 09:36 #

    Yummy that looks like the perfect burger and the jam sounds incredible!! 🙂

  6. Maya August 26, 2011 at 09:45 #

    Your rare, fall-aparting (another word expansion) burger looks so much better than my sad, charred one! And look at your onion jam, it really does look like JAM…I should’ve tried the sugar trick too.

    Have a great weekend in Mexico. Well, I’ll see you again on Sunday for our Mexican ‘breakfast’!

  7. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 26, 2011 at 09:53 #

    This burger looks really yummy! Love that onion jam!!

  8. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) August 26, 2011 at 10:22 #

    Oh well done Mardi girl. These look fabulous! The onion jam does sound ever so interesting. YUM!!

  9. jenjenk August 26, 2011 at 10:57 #

    seriously, mardi?? how do you get the energy??!! you are amazing!

  10. Cher August 26, 2011 at 12:11 #

    Absolutely beautiful.
    And how do you do it? France, Vancouver, Mexico. I would be flat-out tired by now!

  11. Elin August 26, 2011 at 13:37 #

    I love the red onion marmalade, great spread for the burger 🙂 and I shall make this again . Thanks to Dorie for sharing with us the recipe 🙂

  12. Paula August 26, 2011 at 14:08 #

    Beautiful looking burger. You are going to need a vacation from all your international travels before school starts up again. Hope you are able to rest and recoup a bit once you get back from Mexico 🙂

    p.s. very grateful you didn’t take a photo of poor Neil’s burger!

  13. Kate@Diethood August 26, 2011 at 14:37 #

    That looks delicious! I love that onion jam. I wish I had time to participate and taste this awesome burger, but I have to get ready for our month-long trip so I won’t be participating for an entire month!

  14. Ei August 26, 2011 at 14:47 #

    I loved the onion marmalade as it was, but yours definitely looks jammier than mine. I’m stealing your sugar idea for next time!

  15. Lindsey August 26, 2011 at 15:33 #

    You had me at burger! So delicious, Mardi! Looks like something I’d want to order at a restaurant. I allow you to prepare that for me next time you’re in Paris 🙂

  16. tandteacake August 26, 2011 at 18:44 #

    Boohoo 🙁

    I’ve read your post, eagerly awaiting the recipe just to find out that there is none.


    Especially ‘onion jam’ got me hooked! I want some onion jamminess! 😉


    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 7, 2011 at 13:56 #

      We don’t share the recipes for the Dorie Fridays, sorry 🙁 You will just have to buy the book!

  17. Tammy August 26, 2011 at 19:29 #

    Your onion jam looks so good … so red! Mine did not look like that at all, but it WAS good.

  18. Claire August 26, 2011 at 20:04 #

    A good burger with onion jam? i think so!

  19. Dave at eRecipeCards August 26, 2011 at 20:35 #

    This is a terrific post… You did Dorie proud!!!

  20. Alice August 26, 2011 at 20:42 #

    I wish I could have gone on that vacation with you! I have wanted to go to Mexico for some time!… what problems are you having with bread? I’m actually doing quite well with it… check out my blog, and click on the “bread” category on the right hand side… maybe I can help?

  21. Dessert By Candy August 26, 2011 at 23:53 #

    What vibrant colour you got there for the jam! I’m totally envious as I stare at my own grey jar once more [ahem]. “Fally-aparty” rolls off the tongue so easily. Now I’ll have to steal this one!

  22. Allison August 27, 2011 at 11:39 #

    Genius fixing the onion jam by pouring off the water and adding sugar. I just kept cooking it until it ran out of water. Tasted it and it was so bland I figured I’d forgo it and try my own balsamic onions instead. Hmmm almost makes me want to try it again…

  23. Trevor Sis. boom August 27, 2011 at 11:49 #

    I think fally aparty is just fine. We all know what you mean. I agree I had to be very careful with it. I will be making this onion jam again as I think it would be good served with any grilled meat.

  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 27, 2011 at 20:53 #

    Yum! Suddenly I am craving a burger. 🙂

  25. Betsy August 27, 2011 at 22:14 #

    Your onion marmalade looks good and jammy. Mine was a flop. Though I think I had more success with the burgers. I really enjoyed the aromatic mix-ins. Have a great time in Mexico!

  26. Adriana August 27, 2011 at 22:25 #

    I’m all for kitchen neologisms – my spell check has fally-aparty added. Ok, not really – or at least not yet! Your burger looks fantastic in the ciabatta style roll. Keep having fun in Mexico – I’ve been living vicariously through your tweets.

  27. Tres Delicious August 28, 2011 at 00:35 #

    That’s quite unique and appetizing. I would love to try some of it.

  28. penny aka jeroxie August 28, 2011 at 09:15 #

    And I love love a good burger too! Have fun babe 🙂

  29. JK Tasty Mayhem August 28, 2011 at 15:36 #

    Hope your trip to Mexico is going well – following your tweets and it looks like you are having fun! Your burger looks great – not fally-aparty at all. And it seems like the sugar helped with the color retention in your marmalade, mine was a bit grey-purple, but still tasted great. I agree, brilliant idea and its going to be used as topping for other items.

  30. Yuri August 28, 2011 at 18:46 #

    Love the photo with Dorie! you have such a fabulous life 🙂 France, Mexico… you go girl! I need to go back to cooking/baking with FFwD, miss it so much.

  31. Ann August 28, 2011 at 20:36 #

    I have to say it sounds like you struggled, but your burger looks AMAZING! I’m glad you liked the onion jam…I think that’s my favorite part! Bravo for putting this one together on such short notice…it’s a winner!

  32. MikeVFMK August 29, 2011 at 21:58 #

    Looks amazing, Mardi! And onion jam? What? Stop the press. That sounds crazy good!

  33. stacy :) August 30, 2011 at 13:51 #

    Oh my goodness, that onion marmalade looks so good. I’m running behind on ffwd this month, but i can’t wait to try it (and use your tips for preparing it!)!

  34. Voice Of Reason August 31, 2011 at 04:29 #

    Ummm… That does not sound like a burger, but more like a take on meatloaf. or sausage. Ciabatta never works well on a burger. Too tough and just crushes and squeezes out the filling in a sandwich like this. Remember softer fillings need softer breads.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 31, 2011 at 06:17 #

      Well it tastes a lot like a burger, just the texture is a little different. We froze some of the patties and had then a week later and they were much firmer. And this ciabatta was soft so it worked perfectly with these.

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