The Cheese that Got Away

Hello everyone in the world of cooking and welcome to another installment of Cooking with Freddy.  It has been a while since my last post, but that does not mean I stopped experimenting, I just stopped sharing the results with you and for that I am sorry, but I am ready to make up for lost time.  The topic of this post was a partial failure.  I say a failure because it did not turn out as well as I pictured in my mind, but not a total failure because an interesting journey with a valuable lesson learned in the process.

Like all journeys this one seemed to start out simple enough, with a simple question “What is for dinner?”  How a simple question takes hours to decide I will never know, but after about an hour of discussion we settled on homemade hamburgers with a side dish of Macaroni and cheese.  To tackle this dinner I started with the Mac and Cheese because it takes the longest to make.  I hand shredded a block of yellow American cheese, cooked the pasta and heated the tomato soup up.  Once all the pieces were ready it was time to now assemble this delicious puzzle and put it in the oven.  Seeing my dish in the oven I was ready to move on to the main dish, the burgers.  Just as I was about to mix the meat something horrific caught my eyes, I had left over cheese.  If you’re like me you are probably saying “Since when leftover cheese a bad thing” and nine times out of ten you would be correct.  This was an issue because I started to doubt myself thinking I may not have put enough cheese in the macaroni.  Thankfully that was not the case.  It turns out while I thought I was only using a pound of cheese, the block of cheese was actually 1.5 pounds.  Now the next problem, what do I do with all this extra cheese?

Then it hit me like five pounds of raw meat, I still need to make the hamburgers.  Now my hamburgers can become cheeseburgers and make the meal even better.  The question remains though how do I incorporate the cheese with the meat.  Normal people would have probably sprinkled it on top of the burgers after they were done cooking, or some might of even stuffed the burgers, putting the cheese in the middle. Me being a creative person decided to choose neither of the two and decided to mix the cheese in with the meat and form the patties.

I was really thought I had a good idea; it was looking okay so far.  They were supposed to be hamburgers, but they looked more like meatballs.  I told myself I can always flatten them more while they are cooking.  It was not till I started cooking them on the grill that I saw the error of my ways.

I placed them on the grill, closed the lid and waited for them to cook.  About half way through I opened the lid so I can flip them and this is what I saw

Most of the cheese was melting off the burgers in onto the bottom of the barbecue.  I know we said that “When is leftover cheese a bad thing” I will tell you when, when it is being wasted.  As you can see there is very little to no cheese in this burger/meatball.  Now this is where the journey takes a twist and has an unexpected conclusion.  The side dish now became the main dish, and the hamburger/meatball hybrid void of all cheese became the side dish.

The two items complimented each other really nicely, but still a little disappointing.  The lesson here is that when cheese melts it tends to run, and if you have nothing to catch it and contain it you will end up losing it in the end.  That is all I have for today, thank you all for reading.  As always remember to never stop learning and to always stay hungry.

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