Escape from Los Angeles: The Kurt Russell-less Edition
I don't want to go Overboard here, but I think we can all agree that Kurt Russell is a great American hero. He's taught us many invaluable lessons over the years: that it's probably a good idea to steer clear of mystical Chinese supervillians, that if you're going to break out of prison after being framed it's good to have Rambo with you, and that Val Kilmer makes a great Huckleberry, just to name a few.
But if there's one lesson that the #9 UCLA Bruins and #19 USC Trojans should heed this weekend from Goldie's arm candy, it's how to escape Los Angeles…with a win.
Saturday's Pac-12 action features a battle for the City of Angels, and its outcome has major implications on who wins the South Division. This one should get chippy; the schools are only 12 miles apart and their rivalry extends far beyond the gridiron. Head coach Steve Sarkisian has the Trojans performing admirably this season, but if I'm a betting man I'm taking Jim Mora and...
Out-n-In California Burger We've all heard about California's homegrown In-N-Out Burger chain by now, so what better way to tailgate during Saturday's game than with a riff on their bodacious burgers? Cheesy, sirloin-y goodness for less than 400 calories…yes, please. Make these palate-pleasing patties for tomorrow's tailgate and let us know what you think, or share with us any other recipes you're cooking up. Enjoy Kurt Russell's mustache (word on the street is it has magical powers), and enjoy all the college football action! Cheers.3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish1 teaspoon Dijon mustard1 pound ground sirloin1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperCooking spray4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat, lower-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)4 green leaf lettuce leaves4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato1/2 ripe peeled avocado, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices8 bread-and-butter pickle chips
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in the center of each patty; sprinkle patties evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side. Top each patty with 1 cheese slice; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts and patties are desired degree of doneness.
3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each hamburger bun; top with 1 patty, 1 onion slice, 2 tomato slices, about 2 avocado slices, 2 pickle chips, about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce, and top half of bun.