There are a million reasons why we would love to attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards this year: the fashion, the glamour, the performances, and of course, the food! The Governors Ball, the official post-Academy Awards celebration is the party of the year. The menu is designed and catered by the inimitable Wolfgang Puck, who creates a delicious menu for the stars of the silver screen to celebrate the biggest night in film. This exclusive recipe for the Governor's Ball meal is made with juicy prime beef and takes typical party fare to the next level.
RECIPE: Prime Mini Burgers with Cheddar Cheese and Remoulade
Yield: 12 Mini Burgers
3/4 pound prime ground beef, such as Kobe-style
Pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12 small slices of cheddar cheese
12 mini sesame brioche buns
Remoulade (recipe below)
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
3 cornichons, sliced
Preheat grill or grill pan.
Put the ground beef in a bowl and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together with your hands to combine. Take a small amount (about 2 tablespoons worth) of the ground beef and roll it in the palm of your hand like you are making meatballs. Flatten the top slightly and put the mini burger patties
on a side plate. Drizzle the burgers with oil and season the tops with salt and pepper. Turn the burgers over
and season the other side.
Place the burgers on the hot grill. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn them over with tongs. Place slices of cheddar
cheese on top of the burgers, allowing it to melt. While that’s cooking, put the buns on the grill. Let them toast
slightly on both sides, about 2 minutes total time.
To put the burgers together: Put the toasted buns on a platter. Top each with a small spoonful of Remoulade.
Put the burger on top (cheese side up), followed by an arugula leaf, a slice of tomato and a slice of cornichon.
To make the Remoulade: Combine 3/4 cup of store-bought or home made Thousand Island dressing with 2 tablespoons of bottled
barbecue sauce and a little bit of diced red onion. Stir to combine.