Cheese Enchilada Burger/Oskar Blues IPA/Low Torque “Chapter III: Songs from the Vault”

 In Beef, Burgers, IPA, Recipes

We’re back at it again.  Trying to be creative with what we have in the house, we hit the jackpot with this one.  We had some frozen grass-fed beef patties, a package of corn tortillas, a bag of shredded colby jack, a can of enchilada sauce, a box of cream cheese and some fresh garlic and jalapeños.   This was a no-brainer, we just needed to run to the store and pick up some fresh brioche buns to create these incredible Cheese Enchilada Burgers.  While we were there, we picked up a new beer to feature.  That beer would be the Oskar Blues IPA. On the stereo, the latest from one of the most underrated bands out there, Portugal’s Low Torque’s “Chapter III: Songs from the Vault”.

Cheese Enchilada Burgers –  This one is so simple, yet so good.  We start by getting the oven going to 375 degrees and we cut the tops off of two heads of garlic.  Place the garlic and a fresh jalapeño in foil and drizzle with olive oil then season heavily with La Curandera.  Wrap the veggies tightly in the foil and bake for 45 minutes.

As the garlic and jalapeño are doing their thing, that gives us more than enough time to knock out the burger and enchilada, which we will do grill side.  We start by seasoning 1/3lb grass-fed beef patties with our Not So Gentle Butcher’s Rub and placing them down over a hot flame.

Once the burgers are charred on both sides, we move them over to the cool side of the grill.

Place a greased pan over the flame source.  Next place the brioche buns in the middle of a stack of corn tortillas and cut the tortillas into bun-size circles.  Place the tortilla discs in the pan for a minute then flip over and add handfuls of colby jack on each tortilla.

Place another tortilla on top and flip over.  Once both sides are golden brown and the cheese is melted, remove from the pan and submerge into a bowl of red enchilada sauce.

Place the enchiladas on top of each patty and cover each with more shredded colby jack.

Cover the grill and let the cheese to melt.

To finish off these burgers, we just need to whip up the roasted garlic and jalapeño cheese spread by squeezing the roasted garlic into a 1/2 package of softened cream cheese then we smash in the roasted jalapeño.

All that’s left to do is smear the cream cheese on the top of toasted brioche buns and place the cheesy enchilada topped burger on the bottom half.

These were absolutely incredible, satiating our craving for both Mexican food and burgers.

Oskar Blues IPA –  With Dales Pale Ale being one of our go-to beers, anytime we have the opportunity to sample a beer from Oskar Blues we get pretty excited about it.  Today we went with their IPA.  The beer pours beautifully; it’s a really murky yellowish/orange with a foamy white head.  The aroma is a little skunky and sweet.  The flavor is like a fermented prune to start, rich and sweet with bitter hoppiness on the finish.  It’s not the west coast IPA we were expecting but still a solid beer and a really good match for the burgers.

Low Torque “Chapter III: Songs from the Vault” –  This is our third go around (in case the “Chapter III” didn’t give it away) with this incredible Portuguese band and the hard driving, hard rocking tunes that they are known for just keep on coming on this latest release.  After the short intro “Statics” comes “Lone Rider” the love child of Warrior Soul and Corrosion of Conformity.  The band has always been super tight with a penchant for some killer hooks and riffs but it’s the unmistakable pipes of David Pais that combines the snarl of Dave Mustaine and Mike Patton with the range and power of Ryan McCombs that makes you put down your beer and take notice.  This tune is one you crank up to 11, it’s a highway song through and through and thoroughly whets the whistle for what’s to come.  “Dust Mojo” comes out of the gate doing its best Alice in Chains impression, dark but yet all about the groove.  Vocally it leans more toward Days of the New.  It’s back to full systems go on “Supafreak” with it’s huge low-end mixed with metal, it harkens back to the late 90s days of hard rock.  It’s pure Mudvayne-style metal on “Mutant” delivered with ferocity yet with pinpoint precision musically.  If you’ve followed us for any time at all, you know our penchant for what we call “Outlaw songs” (See Clutch’s “A Quick Death in Texas”) so when the band decided to cool their jets to twang out on “A Gunslinger Named Hush” we were caught off guard but in a good way as they recalled one of our favorites, Automag, in their execution of the song.  “Got Chems?” again kicks off in AIC style with a very Cantrell-like riff followed by perfect harmonization vocally.  The twin guitar attack and arena vocals on “Ranger Squad” bring to mind “City of Evil”-era Avenged Sevenfold while “Nightstalkers” recalls more of the John Bush-era Anthrax.  Things slow down once more on “Ghouls” in the same vein as Maiden when they slow things down.  The album ends with “Scorch the Sky, a let it all hang out rocker that wants the listener to know the band is leaving it all out on the floor before calling it quits on this release.  Overall, even though this album is a new release, the sound and tone is a total throw back to a couple of decades ago and is not only incredible it’s just a good time listen anytime you spin it.

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