by Chef Dief
There was a place down South Louisiana called Chez’s. It was a greasy spoon and was famous for their Cheeseburger Steaks covered in onions and gravy. The first time we stopped there, it was early in the morning and the Clint West Band was there eating, along with the GG Shinn Band, and everyone was eating those Cheeseburger Steaks. I visited that Greasy Spoon every time I was close. This is my adaptation, I hope you like it as much as I do.
3 Lbs. of 80% – 20% Hamburger Meat, Makes 6 Cheeseburger Steaks
8 Slices of real cheese (Ex: Sargento; I use Cheddar and Jalapeno
Jack, but you can use any cheese you like)
1 White onion
Tip: All Spices will be shaken on the meat. Just enough to season, not coat. Be generous with the Black Pepper and onion powder. Coat both sides the same.
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One pkg. of Louisiana brand, “Cajun Brown Gravy Mix” –
Follow instructions on package. Stir often (for the gravy to be spot on, you must stir almost constantly, otherwise, it will stick to the bottom of the pan and effect the taste. As soon as it boils, turn it off) and bring to a boil, It’s done! Also, as an alternative, you can make a gravy with the drippings, flour and water. Make a roux and add to boiling water or stock, stir until thickens.
Make 12 even patty’s – take 2 patty’s at a time and flatten them on a cutting board. Fold a cheese slice 2 X’s into a small square and place in the middle of the meat. Place the other flattened patty on top. You may have to go under the patty with a knife so they will release intact from the cutting board. The trick is to form the steak until you see no cracks or seams. This will keep the cheese inside and the steak juicy. After forming the 6 Steaks, spice each side and once in the skillet shake Worcestershire on each steak. Please make sure, after handling the ground beef, you wash your hands each time and be aware of any cross contamination with your kitchen tools, faucet, etc.
While you are cooking the steaks, drain the grease carefully from the skillet. About 10 minutes a side. When the grease runs clear, they are done. When you turn the steaks, add the onion. Slice the onion in thin slices then in half before adding to skillet. Serve the Cheeseburger Steak with rice. Cover the steak with the caramelized onions and a generous portion of the gravy over the Steak and rice. Good Ttimes, Good Friends! Good Food!!