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CLINTON KELLY, CARLA HALL, MARIO BATALI, MICHAEL SYMON Cheeseburger Stuffed Onion Rings

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ingredients
CHEESEBURGER STUFFED ONION RINGS
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 small sweet onions (peeled and sliced into 1-inch rings)
1 8- ounce block cheddar cheese (cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 cup flour
4 large eggs (beaten)
3 1/2 cups day old potato buns(about 6 buns)
SPECIAL SAUCE:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

directions
In a large heavy bottomed pot heat vegetable oil to 340 – 350ºF.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
On a sheet tray, break apart buns into small equal size pieces. Spread evenly. Bake until lightly toasted and dried out. About 10 minutes.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse toasted buns until they are coarse crumbs. Pour in to a shallow bowl and season to taste with salt.
Set up breading station with flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs lined up in 3 seperate shallow bowls.
In a large mixing bowl mix together beef, paprika, dry mustard powder, oregano, garlic and season with salt and pepper.
Separate onion rings using the rings that are about 2 inches in diameter. Lay rings on flat surface.
Using a spoon, divide the ground beef mixture into the center of the onion rings. Place ground beef mixture into the middle of onion ring and press to spread beef to the edges of the onion.
Place one cube of cheddar into center of beef and press flat in to mixture. Repeat until all onions are filled.
Season outside of stuffed rings and dredge in to flour, making sure to shake off excess flour and dip in to egg wash and then dredge in to bread crumb mixture. Shake off excess breadcrumbs and dip again into egg and again into breadcrumb mixture. Repeat until all stuffed onions are fully coated.
Working in small batches fry stuffed rings in preheated oil for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel lined baking sheet until all rings have been fried and serve immediately.
For the Special Sauce:
In a large bowl, whisk together ketchup, mayonnaise, honey, relish and Worcestershire sauce.
Serve warm with a side of special sauce!
Tip: Get creative! Make the stuffing your own by using your favorite spices and cheese!

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