Welcome back to The Great British Baking Show: Walton Edition! This episode tests the bakers’ hamburger acumen as we tackle the miniaturized pitfalls of Sliders Week!
I’ve been a slacker yet again. I can feel the judging gaze of the other Sci-Fi Guys on me whenever we have a bake and the write-up fails to materialize. So I’m going to bust out a few of these sons of bitches before I get any farther behind. Let’s roll!
Chris made Alton Brown’s Burger Of The Gods, which turned out to be a lie. The delicious sesame seed brioche bun toasted with cheese and the single wide cut pickle slice overshadowed what little flavor the burger had. The burger was a mixture of chuck and sirloin, purchased from a butcher, seasoned, then ground in a food processor just moments before being deep fried in peanut oil. And it was almost completely flavorless.
Many online commenters have noted that Alton Brown’s recipes often fail to produce a suitable dish despite their strict adherence to his directions. Unfortunately we can verify that this one also fails to deliver. After following the directions to the letter, the result was a deliciously toasted cheese and pickle sandwich with a patty of inexplicably flavorless, warm, burgeresque texture in the middle. A filling repast, yes, but a winning slider it was not.
Next up, Dan’s slider was a fairly straightforward American style burger with a twist: instead of the usual condiments, Dan made his own delicious aioli to lend this burger the savory depth of flavor that only garlic can. Molt maco!
Mark graced us with his Pizza Sliders, which may or may not have had an actual burger in them. I can’t remember and the pictures aren’t clear. What I do remember is that Mark made excellent toasted cheese medallions to top these beauties as well as homemade marinara and pesto. Molto saporito!
Last we have Mandy’s slider, a fantastic little patty which she enhanced with what may have been the most perfectly caramelized onions I have ever eaten. The onions were added to a lovely soft cheese, which melted and combined with the onions to form what was essentially a sauce for the burger. I am not a fan of tomatoes, but the savory sweetness of this onion and cheese mixture comingled with the tomato so well that I gobbled the whole thing down, tomato and all, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Mandy wasn’t happy with this burger, but I can’t remember why. I voted for her and, if my memory serves, so did everyone else. Congratulations to Mandy for being this week’s Star Baker! Be sure to join us next time as our bakers explore Austrian cuisine and get their Habsburg on in Strudel Week!
Until next time, bon appétit!