A lightly toasted english muffin stands proudly on the plate topped with a spoonful of tangy vodka and tomato braised onions. Above this nestles a vodka flambéed double stack of beef patties seasoned heavily with Worcestershire sauce and celery salt, sandwiching slices of oozing cheese. Topped with pickled matchsticks of crunchy celery and plenty of hot and fiery Tabasco and chive mayonnaise capped with the lid of the toasted muffin. With a chilled glass of Bloody Mary on the side this’ll get your day off to a proper start!
Season the ground beef with salt, pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce to your own personal preference. Test a small piece by frying it in a pan and when you’re happy with how it tastes, then shape into 4 thin 4oz patties.
peel and slice the onions, then sweat off in a saucepan with the shot of oil and caster sugar for 5 minutes. Use a lid on the saucepan and stir occasionally. Splash in the vodka, then once it’s reduced by half pour in the tomato passata. Simmer the tomato onions until you have a relish-like consistency, season to taste with celery salt and black pepper, then allow to cool.
heat the 50g of caster sugar and 100ml of cider vinegar to dissolve the sugar, then add the thyme sprigs and leave to cool. Remove any stringy sinew from the celery sticks and cut into matchstick like julienne, saving any celery leaves to garnish. Pour the chilled vinegar over the celery sticks and leave for 30 minutes.
Slice the chives as finely as possible and beat into the mayonnaise with the Tabasco.
Fry the burger patties in a hot pan for a minute or so on each side to cook them through but also give a slight crisp texture to the outside. Lay a slice of cheese on top of each burger and give it 10-15 seconds to melt before stacking two cheese burgers on top of each other. Splash the shot of vodka into the pan and flambé it to burger around the burger and cheese. Remove the burgers to warm plate to stay warm for a moment.
Slice the muffin in half and pan fry open side down in the knob of butter in the same pan that you flambéed the burgers in. Spoon some of the vodka tomato onions onto the base of one muffins on a plate before topping with the double cheese burger. Drain some pickled celery sticks and pile on top of the double pattie.