Cheeseburger Pita with Beer and Bacon

July 23, 2007

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Who says a cheeseburger has to come in a bun! SAM

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup dark beer
1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 dashes hot-pepper sauce or to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 slices bacon
2 pounds ground beef
4 pita rounds, cut in half
1/2 cup sour cream

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and add the beer. When the mixture is warm, add the cheese and stir until melted. Add the Worcestershire sauce, sugar, curry powder, paprika, hot-pepper sauce, salt, and black pepper. Heat thoroughly but do not boil. Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease and brown the ground beef in the same skillet. Drain and place in equal amounts inside the pita pockets. Pour the beer sauce on top and garnish with bacon and sour cream.
Makes 8 pitas.

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