The Grady Twins Sliders, Flooded with REDRUM Marinated Mushrooms and Cheddar, with Wendy Torrance's Easy "Canned" Fruit Cocktail

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Well folks, Halloween is mere days away and I'm slacking. I'm sorry. I toyed with the idea of having a party, but I'm always terrified that no one will show up (Martha Plimpton in 200 Cigarettes style).  But not having solid plans for the most Instagrammed holiday shouldn't put a damper on things!

I've decided to use some of my favorite horror films as inspiration for a whole bloody mess of plant based meals.  Just because there's no real blood in anything, doesn't mean we can't still have a little fun.  This dish is inspired by Stanly Kubrick's "The Shining."  This is absolutely one of my favorite films PERIOD and my fav Kubrick for sure.  I once scared the bajeezers out of my sister (who is terrified of this movie to this day) by hiding in her closet as a kid and saying "redrum!" when she came out of the show. Best was my mom's idea.

This is the first time I've tried stuffing the Beyond Meat patties, and I have to say it was a success.  I used Follow Your Heart American Cheese Slices, which melted really well and are now my favorite cheese substitute.

4 beyond meat patties
8 oz. crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 cup merlot
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce (vegan)
Olive oil
2 slices Follow Your Heart American Cheese Slices
Salt and pepper to taste
Your choice hamburger buns
Your choice toppings- I used Heinz pickle chips and mustard, in keeping with the theme of the movie (you'll notice Heinz bulk jars in the Kitchen at the Overlook).

I served it with fruit cocktail, as there's a scene in the movie where Wendy is opening a massive can of fruit cocktail and I love that shit as a kid.  But honestly, if you can't make fruit cocktail I just can't help you. One thing I can tell you is, that I make fruit cocktail by mixing fruit with sugar and refrigerating it overnight so it get syrupy, but not excessively like canned fruit.  I also served that with rice whip and it was amazing.


Thaw your beyond patties completely, because you'll need to work with them.  While they're thawing,  heat up some olive oil in a pan and add in your mushrooms with some salt and pepper. Saute until tender, and then pour in your Merlot. Simmer uncovered until the mushrooms are sufficiently soaked with the Merlot flavor. Remove from heat and let cool.

Cut each beyond burger in half  and for each half into a smaller patty.  Fill the center with a spoonful of mushrooms and break up pieces of the Follow Your Heart slices (half a slice per burger) and also put those inside. Rub the outside of the "meat" with Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper (make sure to get both sides).   You can cook these in an oiled pan, a girl, or I used a stove top griddle.

Cook until browned and firm and top with your favorite burger toppings.

Happy Halloween everyone, be safe and eat well.


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