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Cooking instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (218˚C)
  2. Prepare caramel for onion tatin - in a small saucepan melt sugar over medium heat, swirling occasionally until sugar is dissolved into a light amber color. Add butter pieces and swirl to melt and incorporate. Turn off heat and carefully stream in apple cider, go slow as it will sputter a bit. Return to heat, stirring in molasses and bring to a simmer to incorporate. Set aside. 
  3. Carefully slice onion into ¾ inch (19 mm) thick slices, making sure to keep rounds intact, remove skin. Slice apple into ¼ inch (6mm) thick slices. 
  4. Place one sheet of thawed pastry dough on a floured surface and depending on sheet fold into quarters or thirds*. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll out into a 12”x12” (30x30cm) rectangle. Cut out 4 - 5-inch (12cm) circles. 
  5. Preheat mini cast-iron skillets* over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with a touch of vegetable oil in the bottom of the pan, sear onion rounds until lightly charred. Season with salt, pepper, and drizzle with 3-4 tablespoons of cider caramel, enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Top each onion slice with 2 apple slices followed by 1 pastry round, pressing to adhere to onion/apple. 
  6. Brush pastry with melted butter and season with salt and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place remaining pastry rounds on a baking sheet, brush with butter and season with sesame seeds. Bake until pastry is golden brown and puffed, about 12-15 minutes, or until golden and puffed. Let cast-iron buns cool slightly before carefully releasing onto a plate. If caramel hardens, simply reheat over flame on stove and release with an offset spatula or spoon. 
  7. For the burger - mix together ground short rib, ground chuck, ground sirloin, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon apple butter. Form into 2 patties and set aside. In another bowl mix together remaining apple butter and softened butter until smooth. Slice cheese into ¼ inch (6 mm) wheels and prepare desired burger accoutrement. 
  8. Heat a heavy-duty skillet with vegetable oil and pan fry burgers in hot oil for 2-3 minutes for medium (5 minutes for well done). Flip burgers and spoon apple butter into pan, basting burgers with butter to coat, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Top with camembert cheese slices and broil (or cover with a lid) until melted. 
  9. Serve atop onion tatin buns garnishing with desired burger fixings and a dollop of apple butter, if desired. 



  • 5-6” Pastry Cutters

  • Pastry Brush 

  • 2 - Mini Cast-Iron Skillets about 6-inches (15 cm)



  • Depending on the pastry you purchase, some come in thirds while others in quarters. Remove paper or other packaging and roll as is. 

  • The individual or mini cast-irons are a fun way to present these burgers, but not imperative to the process, a large 12-inch (30 cm) skillet will work just as well. 



  • Form burger patties and refrigerate overnight to help keep shape, ensuring burgers stay together when cooking.


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