Every year, I open up the Food Labs right around the time football season starts up. These labs offer me the opportunity to try new food recipes that may end up on the menu for my annual Super Bowl party.
Earlier in the week I received an e-mail from Mr. Pat that contained a bacon covered burger with hot dogs sticking out of it. The burgers resembled turtles.
This picture in the e-mail was hard to decipher with regards to the size of the burger. That looks like a mess of bacon was used to create the “shell”. So I tried to create my own version of the Turtle. However, I think I used hamburger patties that were much smaller than the ones in the picture above.
I also realized that four strips of bacon to my tiny patties (they were at least 1/3 of a pound) were not enough to create a turtle shell. The weave that you see in the first picture looks like it has several more strips of bacon in it. My patties will need to be bigger. Of course that would not be my only issue.
Then came time to place my turtles on the grill. I made the choice to not cover the turtles in foil before placing them on the fire.
This was an Epic Fail! The bacon was charred on two of the turtles. I managed to salvage the burgers by adding a foil wrap to finish cooking the ground beef.
For the next time, I will need to make the patties much bigger. This way the bacon weave will look more like a turtle shell. More important, I will use a foil wrap to cook the turtle to prevent charring of the bacon weave.
With football season starting, I have only a set number of weeks before the Super Bowl and my party. These food labs will be vital in the creative process that leads to a menu of excess calories and cholesterol my guests have been accustomed to.