Thursday, February 20, 2014

Giant Valentine's Day Hamburger With Homemade Ketchup

Little more bun than burger...

Had to cut the bun down to size...
Five meals with homemade fries and ketchup...

We celebrated our Anniversary on Valentine's Day by creating a monster burger made from lean ground chuck, ground smoked bacon ends and pieces and a custom homemade bun. I found a grape Fanta made with real sugar at a local store to toast our 27 years together. Along with home cut fries and home spun ketchup we had a feast fit for royalty or at least we thought so...

Many many years ago in Fort Smith Arkansas we visited a burger joint, known for their giant hamburgers, called Ed Walker's Drive In. Now our burger was nothing like the 5 lb behemoth Ed Walker serves up. We were young and naive, so we ordered the large chili cheese fries too. People were gawking at the enormous amount of food on our table and to be honest we were too. Needless to say, we took home a doggie bag. Now, Number One created the burger with the ground bacon. I don't think they serve it that way at Ed Walker's.

Ed Walkers Drive In

Ketchup Recipe

6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 c light corn syrup (make your own sugar syrup)
1/2 c white vinegar
1/4 c water
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir often. Cover, cool and then chill in a covered container in the refrigerator. Makes 1 1/2 cups. I often double this recipe. I store it in an old clean ketchup bottle. Enjoy...

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