WHEN you're clad in your Canucks jersey and rooting for Canada's Stanley Cup contender, there's nothing like a little playoffs-inspired sustenance.
For Brandon Thordarson, executive chef at 100 Nights at Vancouver's Opus Hotel, that means a Sedin Twin Burger with orange mustard, Swedish pickled cucumber and Canuck cheese.
"The Sedin twins are two of the best players in the league," Thordarson said. "We thought, 'How can we make a burger go Swedish?'" The answer: Build a double-patty Angus beef striploin burger, garnish it with Swedish pickles (a crunchy, quickly cured pickle with no garlicky aftertaste) and top it with a slice of Canuck cheddar.
There's even an orangey condiment (a mustard-ketchup mixture) in homage to the Sedins' hair colour.
Customers approve. The $18 Sedin Twin Burger, served with Kennebec fries and a salt and vinegar aioli, is a hit on game and non-game nights.
Thordarson said some fans make it a full-meal experience by ordering the restaurant's Henrik to Daniel drop shot. Here are the burger and drink recipes:
Sedin Twin Burger
Makes 4 burgers
1 kg (2 pounds) ground striploin beef
1 tablespoon (15 ml) salt
1 teaspoon (10 ml) pepper
Swedish pickled cucumbers
175 ml (¾ cup) white vinegar
80 ml (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
50 ml (¼ cup) finely chopped parsley
15 ml (1 tbsp) mustard seeds
15 (1 tbsp) Swedish bitters (available at specialty food stores)
4 ml (¾ tsp) salt
.5 ml (1/8 tsp) pepper
1 long English cucumber
Early in day: In large bowl, combine 50 ml (¼ cup) water with all ingredients, except cucumbers. Peel cucumber and slice thin. Add to bowl; toss well. Refrigerate at least three hours, covered, or until serving time (better done day before serving).
30 ml (2 tbsp) yellow mustard
30 ml (2 tbsp) ketchup
4 burger buns
4 pieces lettuce
4 slices tomato
4 slices of dill pickle
4 slices of Canadian (Canuck) cheddar
Mix all the ground beef, salt, pepper and egg together until well incorporated and roll in 8 even balls, flatten down to a burger size and make two patties per burger.
Mix the ketchup and mustard together to get the "red hair" colour.
Cook the burgers to desired doneness, add the Canuck cheese, place on bun and layer the rest of the ingredients with Swedish pickled cucumbers placed last.
Henrik to Daniel drop shot
30 ml (1 oz) blueberry Stolichnaya vodka
60 ml (2 oz) champagne or sparkling wine
60 ml (2 oz) Red Bull
Fill a large glass with the champagne and Red Bull.
Fill a shot glass with the blueberry Stolichnaya vodka. When ready to drink, drop the vodka into the Red Bull mix and slam back fast!
-- Postmedia News