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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Welcome Johnny Depp to his new $17.5 million dollar Nashville home with a Bottle of Bordeaux and a Gruyere Steakburger with Onion-Bacon Marmalade
Welcome to Tennessee Johnny Depp!
I’m sending you over some burgers and a bottle of wine to welcome you to Music City and I sure hope you enjoy every bite and sip.
When only the best will do - either charcoal or pan fry a hunk of well-seasoned ground short ribs and sirloin, top it with nutty Gruyère and onion bacon marmalade, and serve it on lightly toasted bread.
The melt-in-your-mouth goodness of the marmalade pairs perfectly with the simple grated Gruyere which is an excellent melting cheese with tons of flavor. The final step is choosing the bread to cradle the beef. It would be a tossup between fresh Italian Ciabatta bread or a home-made bun - either of which should be buttered and lightly toasted.
Onion Bacon Marmalade
4 pounds yellow or red onions (sliced thin)
5 slices bacon (thick cut)
2 cups sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 cup red wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
In a large skillet, crisp the bacon; remove from pan; drain; finely crumble. Turn heat to medium-high; add onions, salt and oil. Stir to coat onions with oil and bacon grease. Cook covered for about 20 minutes. Continue to cook stirring every 5 to 10 minutes until the onions begin to turn golden brown. Add the sugar, pepper, thyme, brown sugar, red wine, and balsamic vinegar. Cook over medium heat until thickened. To test if it’s the right consistency, dribble a bit of the reduction on a plate – if it slowly runs down plate after briefly cooling – it’s done. Remove from heat; add crumbled bacon and let cool before storing. Cover and refrigerate. It keeps in the refrigerator for at least 2 months. Some of the fat may become solid at the top after cooling. I simply scrape it off and dispose of it. Additionally, if the marmalade becomes too thick after cooling, simply reheat in the microwave.
It brings an amazing sweet smokey salty taste to a pimento cheese sandwich. Need more convincing? Try it in green bean and potato salad, in a corn bread, on burgers, or in a chicken roulade. Use it on baked potatoes, along with a dollop of sour cream, cooked pasta, along with some crumbled blue cheese, arugula or spinach, couscous, grilled cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, omelets and frittatas, pan sauces for chicken cutlets or pork chops, pizza with grated mozzarella or crumbled goat cheese, quesadillas, risotto, savory tarts (using puff pastry as a crust) steaks, burgers, pork chops, and sausages. The possibilities are endless.
Bordeaux is the largest wine-growing area in France. Almost 700 million bottles of different Bordeaux wines are produced on a regular basis by more than 8,500 winemakers, and some of these constitute the best that the winemaking industry has to offer to the world.
Now take a look at his new $17.5 million dollar home off Old Hillsboro Road on the outskirts of Nashville.