America’s Test Kitchen took a look at how to recreate the Jucy Lucy at home back in 2007:
Minneapolis taverns are famous for serving a sandwich called the Jucy Lucy, a moist beef burger stuffed with American cheese. Replicating the Jucy Lucy recipe seemed easy enough—simply seal a slice of American cheese between two beef patties and throw it on the grill. But our burgers, cooked to well-done to melt the cheese inside, were dry and tough. Or worse, the cheese melted through the meat, leaving an empty cavern where the cheese had been. We wanted to figure out how to keep the Lucy juicy and hold the cheese inside.
Here’s a link to their winning recipe and a video demonstrating their work.
Mad Men’s back, and there is a Jucy Lucy connection. Seriously.
While the NY Times didn’t get the spelling right, they did manage to tough on Minneapolis’ contribution to international cuisine in their interview with Vincent Kartheiser, better known to Mad Men fans as Peter Campbell:
EATING I had a Juicy Lucy in Minneapolis. It’s cheese cooked into a hamburger. You bite into it, and molten cheese lava comes out. You can get it at two places in Minneapolis — Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club.
A Minneapolis resident is moving to St. Louis, guess what she’s going to miss? You guessed it:
Goodbye Matt’s Bar, home of the original Jucy Lucy. I am a Jucy Lucy loyalist and have only gotten my cheese stuffed burgers here. I had to make one more stop in before moving to St Louis next week. I will remember you fondly and tell stories of your greatness when I am down south.
Being a Saint Paul guy I would recommend getting out to Shamrock’s or The Blue Door Pub whenever you get a chance (at least until The Nook is back in business). There are other places to try in Saint Paul (I’m looking at you Groveland Tap), but these are the ones that I have been to.I absolutely plan to cross the river to see the inside of Matt’s and the 5-8 Club at some point, but until then I have found what I am looking for in my favorite city.
That is some solid advice. But, The 651ery is going to need to cross the river to have a full understanding of the Lucy.
Rarely will you find any sort of discount on Jucy Lucys, so this is one heck of an opportunity to save some money on some cheesy deliciousness.
St. Paul’s Tin Cup, which offers a variety of tasty Jucy Lucy burgers, including a Dirty Lucy and Breakfast Lucy, has a Groupon offer today only. $8 gets you $16 worth of goodness. Be sure to try out their deep fried Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll while you’re there. One of a kind.