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For Michel Nischan, building a better burger is part of making the world a better place.
“I have seen all kinds of outlandish burger ideas, from making burgers with vegetables, fish, shrimp, you name it,” said Nischan, whose cookbook, “Sustainably Delicious,” and Westport, Conn., restaurant Dressing Room focus on ecologically sound eating.
“Yet as great and creative as these burgers can be (and fun), nothing beats a burger made with the meat that burgers were meant to be made with — grass-fed and grass-finished beef,” Nischan said in an e-mail.
The greatness of a burger depends almost entirely on the quality of the meat. And because cattle were intended to eat only grass, he says the best burgers come from those who ate only that. Once he has his beef, he still likes to dress it up a bit.
“Once cooked to your liking, pairing this meat with cheese and butter from grass-fed dairy cattle adds a depth of additional richness that takes the burger closer to the promised land,” he said. “And of course, what would a good sustainable burger be without the deep, tomato-y sweetness of locally grown, vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes?”
Which is to say, if you want to taste Nischan’s ultimate eco burger, you’ll need to shop close to home, searching out local sources for the very best ingredients. It also means that every burger will be different, the tastes influenced by the variations in the land and animals that produced the ingredients.
“Let’s bring back Main Street America by cooking a good sustainable burger,” he said. “The immediate reward is flavor. The ultimate reward is a better world!”
THE ULTIMATE ECO-BURGER
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