I finally watched “The Bear” last weekend.
It’s eight short episodes and can be flown through in an afternoon.
I feel like I’m a little late to the game. The show premiered on Hulu on June 23, but between travel for work and play, I haven’t had much time at home since its debut.
The show follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, played by Jeremy Allen White of “Shameless” fame, as he struggles to take over his dead brother’s hole-in-the-wall Italian beef restaurant in Chicago.
White’s Carmy comes from the world of fine dining, pristine kitchens and James Beard Foundation Awards. A world away from his family’s restaurant.
The show is a great human drama, but the shots of the food are amazing. In one episode, Carmy describes a dish that takes a dozen people hours and hours to make.
Chefs and line cooks alike have praised the show’s depiction of working in a professional kitchen, and it gives the rest of us a little insight into what’s going on behind the scenes when we order at our favorite restaurants.
Because, when it comes down to it, adulthood is deciding what’s for dinner over and over again for the rest of your life. For most of us, that can’t be going out to eat all the time
Sure, sometimes there are going to be meals that are really special and bring back all sorts of memories and create meaningful connections with friends and family. But many days, supper is about cooking something quick and simple that checks enough nutritional boxes, but also pleases all those at the table.
That’s where these cheeseburger wraps come in.
They’re quick and easy, combine familiar flavors with extra vegetables and are completely customizable. Best of all, there’s very little prep, depending on choices made at the grocery store.
We all need these kinds of meals — ones that taste delicious, but also aren’t horrible for us while taking as little time as possible in the kitchen.
What really makes these wraps are the sauces. Making one or the other is OK, but taking the time to make them both — and using both on a wrap — is what makes the dish.
There are days I love spending hours and hours in the kitchen, but not every day.
Watching “The Bear” just reinforced how glad I am that I don’t work in a restaurant. It’s fun to watch on TV, and it’s fun to play “chef” in my own kitchen.
I like developing the occasional recipe, and I really like trying new and interesting things. The next thing I might have to try is making a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich after watching them being made for hours.
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar.
- 2 teaspoons mustard.
- 1 teaspoon ketchup.
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika.
- ¼ cup mayo.
- 1 teaspoon mustard.
- 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce.
- 1 tablespoon honey.
- Large tortillas.
- 1 pound ground beef ground beef.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
- Kosher salt.
- Freshly ground black pepper.
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar.
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved.
- Dill pickle chips, quartered.
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced.
- Combine yogurt, red wine vinegar, mustard, ketchup and paprika in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.
- Combine mayo, mustard, barbecue sauce and honey in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.
- Prep lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, pickles and onions.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
- Take a large tortilla and spread a large spoonful of burger sauce on the bottom. Add lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, pickles and onions. Top with ground beef and a drizzle of chicken sauce. Wrap tight and enjoy!