We had a Sandwich Night for Beth on Tuesday night. She's getting ready to ride her bike across the country so she needed something hardy to sustain her through 8000 miles of riding. She wisely chose the Senegalese Hamburger. The Senegalese Hamburger is a doozy. It starts with a giant bun, stuffed with French fries, a fried egg, the patty, Gruyere cheese, fried onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. I encountered this beast when I studied abroad in Senegal when I was in college. Can you locate me in this picture from my going away party? Hint: I'm the one in the dorky hat. I mean very stylish hat. It was a gift from all those fine ladies.
It's funny. I looked for a picture of a Senegalese hamburger in my photos from that year and I don't have any pictures of food. I guess my sandwich photography IS a recent hobby!
Anyway, back to the burgers! The defining characteristics of the burger are the French fry stuffed bun and the fried egg. That's about all I remembered. After some internet searching, I came up with the rest of the ingredients: garlic mayo, Gruyere, Dijon mustard, fried onions, ketchup. I seem to remember there being shredded lettuce but I didn't find any reference to that online. (Granted, there aren't many web pages devoted to this lovely sandwich. I might have just rocketed to the top of the list.)For an extra kick, I added some Rooster brand hot sauce as well. Fantastic! These burgers were even better than I remembered. They are a little labor intensive, but totally worth it.
For company we had Angie and Kate. For entertainment we had the classy film Bandidas. What could be bad about a bank robbing buddy film starring Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek? Our friend Eileen came over later for a burger but missed the movie. And, sadly, Karen mixed the night up and missed this extravaganza. Which means we will have to do it again soon!