The “cage” in this episode’s burger pun stems from the Belcher’s attempt to cage a wild raccoon, but the broads instead dedicate this post to the cage, and national treasure, much better suited for a cajun burger: Nicolas Cage. World’s Greatest Actor* Nicolas Cage has such a love of New Orleans culture and cuisine that he already owns a tomb for his hopefully-not-imminent death in the city’s St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery, and thus earns himself the honor of the cage-in burger. Let’s also not forget that a wee Nicolas Cage also flipped burgers in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, so there are SO MANY LAYERS to uncover here in the Cage/burger fandom.
One of Nicolas Cage’s most iconic roles is Castor Troy in Face/Off, and one of that character’s most iconic lines is…
So, we thought we’d see if we could drink a peach for hours.
And here we are, enjoying this Peach Shandy from Cinema Sips. We chose Son of a Peach Wheat Ale by RJ Rockers Brewing Company (or it chose us, as the only peach beer currently available in our neighborhood), and mixed one can with 1.5 oz Deep Eddy Peach Vodka and 4 oz peach seltzer, then stirred gently.
Our burger was partly influenced by the Bayou Burger with Spicy Remoulade, but with a few personalizations by the broads. For the burger, we sautéed 1/3 cup chopped onion until tender, then added about 1/4 lb andouille sausage (or one link, with sausage scooped out of the casing) until fully cooked. We then added the onion/sausage mixture to 1/2 lb ground beef and mixed with 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning and 1/3 tsp garlic powder. We formed this into two patties, and sprinkled salt and pepper on each patty to form a nice crust while cooking thoroughly over medium heat. Lastly, we topped the patty with muenster cheese.
For the remoulade, we followed a beloved, personal recipe that the broad’s have held near and dear to their hearts for cajun po’ boy nights (these happen almost, if not more frequently, than burger nights). Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise with about 2 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp relish, 2/3 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Place the patties on a toasted brioche bun, along with lettuce and tomato, and top with remoulade.
“What’s that like? What’s it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.”**
Well, it tastes like a burger. You don’t know what a burger tastes like?
To be fair, we’re no Hemingway, but this also isn’t just any burger. To put it quite simply, it was delicious. The sausage in the patty was very flavorful without being overwhelming, and the remoulade also added a subtle spiciness balanced with a cool, sweet tanginess. Would highly recommend and make again!
* “My favorite.” – Zoseph, seeing Nicolas Cage appear on screen in Face/Off
** Nicolas Cage as Seth in City of Angels