When I asked for help choosing a Twin Cities blog topic starting with J, the overwhelming response was “Juicy Lucy”.
This gooey goodness of a hamburger is easily identified as a born-and-bred Minnesota dish, and is listed by Thrillist as one of the 13 “Only In Minnesota” foods.
The Juicy Lucy has American cheese inside of a ground beef patty which is then topped with cheese. When you bite into it, you get a molten mess that just pours out of the middle. Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis is credited with its creation and the location became famous for a 2014 visit from President Barack Obama.
While cheese is one of my four main food groups (along with chocolate, bread and alcohol), sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. Give me hot dish any day over a Juicy Lucy. Is this tater tot casserole any better for you than a cheese-laden burger? Absolutely not, but boy does it hit all my buttons for fantastic comfort food. Cooking Channel has a classic hot dish recipe on its website, but I laugh at the author’s ingredients which includes “frozen shredded potato nuggets”. Buddy, they are just tater tots.
Be warned. If you are tempted to google Juicy Lucy, you get a weird mix of pictures of dripping hamburgers and 70s style food erotica posters. A little odd and a lot disturbing. Wish someone would have warned me first.