Saks Craves: Caveman Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers on the Grill

Elevate This American Classic with a Gourmet Spin.

There’s nothing like a good twist on an American classic and it doesn’t get more classic than a great cheeseburger. For this next installment of our food series Saks Craves, our very own Executive Brand Chef Alex Reyes and his trusted Sous Chef Tom Drake prepared a mouth-watering Caveman Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with bacon jam. Yes, bacon jam. “The bacon comes from a local farm that’s cooked very slowly,” explained Chef Drake. “We add onions, mustard, brown sugar, bourbon and apple cider vinegar.” Dig in and see how they elevated this wholesome dish into a gourmand’s fantasy.

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“We Used a Brioche Bun to Help Balance the Savory Factor Because It Is Nice and Sweet” 

1 kg slab applewood smoked bacon, diced; ½ kg Spanish onion, sliced; 1 cup reserved bacon fat; 125 ml bourbon; 250 ml apple cider vinegar; 100 g brown sugar; 75 g whole grain mustard; 60 ml brewed coffee
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There’s nothing like a good twist on an American classic and it doesn’t get more classic than a great cheeseburger. For this next installment of our food series Saks Craves, our very own Executive Brand Chef Alex Reyes and his trusted Sous Chef Tom Drake prepared a mouth-watering Caveman Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with bacon jam. Yes, bacon jam. “The bacon comes from a local farm that’s cooked very slowly,” explained Chef Drake. “We add onions, mustard, brown sugar, bourbon and apple cider vinegar.” Dig in and see how they elevated this wholesome dish into a gourmand’s fantasy.

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“We Used a Brioche Bun to Help Balance the Savory Factor Because It Is Nice and Sweet” 

1 kg slab applewood smoked bacon, diced; ½ kg Spanish onion, sliced; 1 cup reserved bacon fat; 125 ml bourbon; 250 ml apple cider vinegar; 100 g brown sugar; 75 g whole grain mustard; 60 ml brewed coffee

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Pair Your Next Caveman Burger with Lemon and Cucumber Infused Water for a Refreshing Kick

1. In a large pan, render the bacon until crispy. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the fat.
2. Add the reserved fat back to the pan and add the onions. Cook until caramelized and tender.
3. Deglaze with the bourbon and cook for about 2 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook it down to a jam consistency.
5. Meanwhile, separate the ground beef into four each 4 ounce patties. Do the same with the cheese. Make a dimple in the center of the patty and place the cheese over it. Place 2 patties together with the cheeses facing each other and form a single patty making sure to seal the sides properly so the cheese does not show. Repeat this step with the other patties.
6. Season the patties with salt and pepper and place on a medium-high grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side.
7. Transfer the burgers to a wire rack and let them rest for 2 minutes.
8. Toast the buns and place the burger on the bottom bun. Top the burger patty with some bacon jam and cover with the top bun.
9. Serve with an arugula salad tossed in lemon vinaigrette.

Make your way to Cafe SFA or your nearest Sophie’s Restaurant for more of Chef Alex Reyes’ culinary treasures.

Photos Courtesy of Billy Rood.


New & Now at Saks: SET

The German Brand Brings a Number of Its Leather and Knitwear Staples Exclusively to Saks.

Notably urban, undeniably cool, but silently distinguished, German brand SET now has covet-worthy items exclusively at Saks. Created by Maya Junger in 2009, this moody line is making waves it’s distinguished use of fine Italian fabrics in unstuffy ways and making the ultimate leather statement not a thing of the past, but a major statement of the moment.

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Lovely in Leather

SET: Leather Mini Skirt  I  Quilted Detail Leather Jacket  I  Skinny Leather Pants Read More..

Notably urban, undeniably cool, but silently distinguished, German brand SET now has covet-worthy items exclusively at Saks. Created by Maya Junger in 2009, this moody line is making waves it’s distinguished use of fine Italian fabrics in unstuffy ways and making the ultimate leather statement not a thing of the past, but a major statement of the moment.

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Lovely in Leather

SET: Leather Mini Skirt  I  Quilted Detail Leather Jacket  I  Skinny Leather Pants

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The Look and Feel of Luxe Comfort

SET: Striped Knit Pullover  I  Long Draped Wool Cardigan  I  Layered Crewneck Sweater

Enjoy the perks of style and luxury with SET.


Hit the Streets in the Best Fall Designer Good from the Runways

Make the City Your Own Personal Runway.

Daytime gowns, a light lunch in a smart French suit, frilly cocktail dresses for running your errands – it’s all about turning the whole fashion scene upside down with the chicest designer wares of the summer season. The world’s your oyster, so make your own rules.

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Valentino: Floral-Print Silk Midi Dress  I  Studded 51MM Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses  I  Beaded Leather & Suede Mid-Calf Boots Read More..

Daytime gowns, a light lunch in a smart French suit, frilly cocktail dresses for running your errands – it’s all about turning the whole fashion scene upside down with the chicest designer wares of the summer season. The world’s your oyster, so make your own rules.

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Valentino: Floral-Print Silk Midi Dress  I  Studded 51MM Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses  I  Beaded Leather & Suede Mid-Calf Boots

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Alexander Wang: Chain-Trim Wool Vest  I  Studded Silk & Cashmere Turtleneck  I  Studded A-Line Skirt  I  Prisma Studded Leather Tote  I  Frederica Leather Zip-Front Over-the-Knew Boots

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Erdem: Cosima Embroidered Silk Organza Trapeze Dress

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Chloe: Wool Twill Jumpsuit  I  Silk Button-Front Blouse

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Carolina Herrera: Water Splash Wool/Cashmere Coat / Dress

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Etro: Silk Pleated Cutout-Detail Gown

Explore your kingdom in the best of the fall runways.