Tom and I are huge fans of the YouTube channel Binging with Babish. He’s pretty popular, only having over 2 million subscribers. We’ve brought him up at least one other time on our blog. He creates recipes based on the foods of our favorite TV shows and movies. For Christmas, Tom got me his cook book Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers. After reading it over (at least twice), I thought it might be a fun project for us to Julie and Julia with Andrew Rea.
What’s Julie and Julia? It’s a book and a movie of the same name about a woman named Julie who decided to blog about cooking all of Julia Child’s recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. So much like Julie, we will be cooking along with Babish, watching the movie that goes along with the recipe, and then blogging about our experience.
For our first night, Binging with Babish we picked the Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction. Our plan was to cook the recipe and then eat it while watching the movie. It’s binging in more ways than one.
We began with all the prep. Cooking is so much easier if you get all your ingredients ready to go. Prep is also way easier if onions don’t render you blind with burning tears…but I digress.
Next, we had to prep the beef balls for smashing.
The onions had to be cooked low and slow in butter to caramelize because YUM!
Tom was excited to smash the burgers. The meat should be thin so it gets crispy. Crispy means it’s full of flavor.
I could honestly eat these onions like candy…is that weird?
Caramelized pineapple and toasted buttery buns are a must!
Oh and we topped the burgers with a ton of gooey cheese! It looks like Tom was ready to smash again with the spatula. It really was his favorite part besides eating the burger.
Assembling the burger was a little tough. It’s just stacks and stacks of flavor. Every time I tried to take a picture it fell over.
We had to take a picture of the cross section. In every sandwich episode of Babish, he cuts the sandwich in half and reveals the beautiful layers of flavor.
In the movie, the Big Kahuna Burger is just a basic cheeseburger. Nothing about it makes it Hawaiian. Babish takes the concept from the movie and makes it better. The addition of pineapple and teriyaki take this simple homemade burger over the top..plus those onions were as the kids are saying today.. fire!
As you can see, we loved the burger and it was super easy to make.
A quick review: Pulp Fiction is a classic. It’s definitely not a date night movie for everyone, but it was perfect for us. In true Tarantino fashion, this a violent movie so not for the faint of heart. Even I covered my eyes at times and this was my third time watching it. The film is over the top and takes a huge step away from real-life, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. The clever pop culture references take this dark film and give it a light-hearted nature. It has a killer cast (no pun intended) and nothing beats the twist scene with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
We have to say this was pretty successful night in, good food and a good movie! I can’t wait to pick out our next bing from the cookbook.