Resist the urge to pile on any of the usual toppings — tomato, ketchup, lettuce. "The port is your condiment."
· 1 cup ruby port
· 2 pounds ground beef
· Freshly ground pepper
· 1/2 cup(s) (3 ounces) Stilton cheese, softened
· 4 brioche hamburger buns, buttered and toasted
1. In a small saucepan, cook the port over moderate heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 15 minutes.
2. Heat a cast-iron griddle until very hot. Form the meat into four 4- by 1-inch patties without packing too tightly. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the patties to the griddle, cover with a roasting pan, and cook over moderately high heat for 4 minutes, until very crusty. Flip the patties and cook, covered, for 2 minutes longer; top with the Stilton and cook uncovered for 1 minute. Transfer the patties to a plate. Drizzle with the reduced port, top with the buns, and serve.
Happy Cooking ☺