Food And Football – Cook Up A Juicy Lucy While The Seahawks Face The Vikings

This week at Food and Football, we are taking a look at the Seattle Seahawks road game versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Had the Seahawks won last week against the Tennessee Titans, we might have looked at other matchups. But since Seattle lost a game in overtime against the Titans that they were winning by 14 points in the fourth quarter, it’s time to give them extra attention. Sure, it’s only two weeks into the season, but many Seahawks fans are already feeling the disgruntlement that has all but defined the last six or so seasons.

Yes, Seattle absolutely needs to win this road game against an NFC opponent. If they can’t beat a winless Vikings team, larger questions will need to be asked about the franchise’s direction. And since sports talk is all but defined by hyperbole, let’s just throw it out there that this very well could be the last season in Seattle for both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson.

What’s going on with the Vikings? They narrowly lost their first game on the road against a red-hot Arizona Cardinals team led by Kyler Murray. Fair enough. In week two, the Vikings went on the road again and lost in overtime on a failed field goal to a mediocre Cincinnati Bengals team. 

Expect the Vikings to be ready for their first victory of the season when they play their home opener this weekend. This all spells trouble for Seattle, who is in major bounce-back mode. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing well so far this season, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook, though he was in and out of the game last week with an ankle injury, should be ready to go this weekend.

The time is now for Seattle to get it together. It should be interesting.

Let’s talk food. Minnesota, and Minneapolis specifically, is home to a rather interesting take on the all-American classic, the cheeseburger.

Say hello to the Juicy Lucy. 

You probably think we were just making this stuff up, but we’re not! The Juicy Lucy (spellings vary) is considered a local specialty in Minneapolis. The concept is pretty simple. Imagine a cheeseburger. Now put the cheese in the middle of the patty, so when you bite into it, the cheese oozes out like some molten core. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. 

Sure, it’s a little gimmicky, but it also lives up to its name if done right.

The procedure couldn’t be more straightforward. Here’s a great video that walks you through it. Or, follow these steps:

  • Get all the fixings to make burgers at home. Go with an oozy cheese like American. If gourmet is your style, consider Emmental or Fontina.
  • Make thin burger patties. Four ounces each ought to do it.
  • For each Juicy Lucy, you need two patties, so make enough for all your guests. Place your cheese on the top center of one patty, then lay another patty over it. Make sure to crimp the edges of the two patties together, so that your cheese doesn’t escape before you eat it.
  • Grill your burgers to perfection and garnish appropriately.

Think of it this way, Seahawks fans. If you make the Juicy Lucy for you and your friends and the Seahawks win, then you can make lots of clever jokes about eating Minnesota’s lunch while eating their lunch. Just think of the positive engagement your Instagram story will get.

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Paul Redman is a writer and chef in Seattle who grew up in the Midwest. His work has appeared in print and online, including San Francisco magazine, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Contrary. He eats too many chicken wings and cracks way too many dad jokes and food puns. Follow him on Twitter @predman.