An often quoted, but long-forgotten study by the American Heart Association from the 1970s states that the most direct route to an individual’s heart is by the stomach. A complete analysis of the total effects and significance of eating mouthwatering food has yet to be comprehended, due to participant’s unwillingness to wait for rigorous scientific procedure and an inability to fully disclose their reactions during consumption. The only two conclusive results scientists gleaned from this study and subsequent others, were that the control group uniformly showed a drastic drop in pleasure and happiness from their meal, while the experimental group showed increased levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine in the brain; all associated with the feelings of love.
The change for this specific study- a radical approach to a quotidien meal- was to introduce a combination of complex flavors that were to compliment and revolve around an underlying beef base. Although unique and enticing on their own, the mixing together of all ingredients aimed to create something altogether extraordinary.
The first step in the experiment was to make the horseradish sauce.
Experimenters combined and chilled for at least one hour:
2 tbsp horseradish
4 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp mayonaise
few turns of cracked peppercorn
one finely chopped green onion
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
A half hour prior to the trial’s completion experimenters made the caramelized onions.
1. Cut into thin slices yellow or white onions (1/4 cup per person).
2. Heat a skillet on medium-high adding 1/2 tsp butter and 1/2 tsp olive oil, per 1/4 cup onion.
3. Saute until the onions start to brown and soften, about 10 minutes.
4. Reduce heat to low-medium and cook for at least 20 minutes, but no more than 40. Add in water or dry white wine to remove the browned juice stuck to pan (about 3 tbsp per 1/4 cup onion).
During the last 10 minutes of the onion process, they grilled the beef (1/2 pound patties) and cooked the bacon (3-4 pieces per burger).
The final steps for the experiment involved assembly.
1. Toast burger buns in oven.
2. Finally layer the bun in this precise order to achieve proper balance in the experiment: lettuce, tomato, burger, crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and horseradish sauce.
The median output of the experiment was “this is really good,” with the the maximum results noting it as “delicious” and “I love it.”