Labor Day Grillin
What is Labor Day?
According the US Department of Labor, Labor Day is the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
I questioned that because I normally end up laboring on that day each year one way or another. This year I decided to plan out the day and do some grilling and take the time to make something I normally don’t have time to prepare with my busy schedule. So I decided to hang at the house and make Grilled Cheese Bacon Burgers and Homemade Potato Skins.
So after running to the Walmart, grabbing some of their Angus Beef patties, crumbled bacon, russet potatoes and a few other items, and returning back home to spark up the Charcoal grill I was in the zone.
The potatoes took what felt like an eternity to cook about 1 hour and 10 minutes on 425 so I’ll warn you if your in a hurry the Microwave would be a great way to go but I think the taste of the oven baked potatoes is always better myself.
Now, I had nothing to do but wait on the potatoes, which sounds easy enough if your not borderline ADD as myself! LOL I got the potatoes and cut them in halves and scooped out the excess potato to make room for my shredded sharp cheddar cheese and bacon bits. However, before filling them I took the following ingredients:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Table spoons)
- Sea Salt (to taste)
- Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
- Fresh Black Pepper (to taste)
mixed it all together in a bowl before brushing it on the inside of the potatoes with a brush; however I will warn you that the cayenne pepper can make them a bit spicy so if your not looking for that then 86 it!
Now, the tater skins were ready so I took my pre-prepared burgers that I had coated in some seasonings and pressed some of the bacon pieces into them for a little extra flavor and threw those babies on the grill and within minutes it was smelling like heaven on my back porch. I enjoyed the grill and smells, while singing a few James Taylor songs keeping an eye on everything. Once they were cooked to everyone’s liking and the cheese was good and melted, I placed them on a toasted bun and was ready to savor the fruits of my Labor Day!
With the girls waiting for me in the house we sat down and enjoyed an early dinner so we could get ready for the Seminoles vs Pittsburg season opener, which is another story…
What do you like on your burger? Do you have any awesome suggestions for side items that go great with a burger? And, the big question is how do you like it cooked? I am a medium rare guy myself 🙂