Starting with the original Rick Bayless’s queso fundido burgers, this is a dish i keep coming back again and again with various variations.
Yesterday version was particularly successful. I made some meatloaves instead of regular burgers and used tremendous applewood smoked cheddar.
Char and peel some peppers for rajas. Slice and brown a large white onion. Add torn/sliced peppers. Set aside while you are making meatloaves.
For 1.5 lb ground beef: Chop finely in a food processor: roasted poblano, whites of a bunch of scallions, couple garlic cloves, generous handful of parsley, some sage leaves, about 4oz of bacon. Crush about 2cups of Chex Corn cereal. Thoroughly mix together ground meat, the bacon paste, crushed cereal and 2 eggs. Season. Form 6 patties about 3/4-1″ thick.
Brown meatloaves on one side for abotu 5mins, turn, brown the otehr side for 2mins mroe. Cover with rajas, and then thinly sliced cheese. Put into 400F to finish cooking and melt the cheese, for about 10mins.