Tillamook's Melty Fest

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It’s been quite a week so I was beyond excited get out for a girl’s night out with my good friend Billie Jo. We had the opportunity to attend Tillamook’s Melty Fest at the Handsome Hog and oh my gosh, we had such a great time! The cheese lover in me was in heaven!

Melty Fest is in celebration of TIllamook cheeses now being available in Minneapolis and to say that i’m stoked about this is an understatement! We are big cheese eaters in our house and Tillamook is our go-to! Plus you can find it at Target so you know that’s a win in my book. (Click here to find which location is closest to you.)

They had some fantastic cheese dishes and we paired ours with some lavender cocktails. My favorite part was the delicious mac and cheese and Juicy Lucy burgers prepared by chef Justin Sutherland. If you’re local and want to try his famous Juicy Lucy, be sure to check out the Handsome Hog August 12-18th! if you can’t make it, you can follow his recipe below and make them at home yourself. Trust me, they do not disappoint!

JUSTIN SUTHERLAND'S PIMENTO CHEESE JUICY LUCY

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FOR PIMENTO CHEESE:

Tillamook Sharp Cheddar - 2 cups Shredded

Pimento diced fine - 1.25 cups

Cream Cheese - 1 cup

Duke's Mayo - 1 cup

Hot Sauce - 2 tsp

Kosher Salt - 2 tsp

Sugar - 1/4 tsp

Cayenne Pepper - 1/8 tsp

White Pepper - 1/4 tsp

Bourbon Smoked Paprika - 2.5 tsp

FOR JUICY LUCY:

Ground Beef - 2lb

Salt & Pepper

Pimento Cheese - 8 oz

Buns

HOW TO:

Form 8 patties

Scoop 2 oz of pimento cheese & place in the center of one patty. Place another patty on top and tightly pinch the edges together to seal the pimento cheese between the two patties. Repeat with remaining patties & pimento cheese

Season formed burgers with salt & pepper

Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sear burgers 4-5 mins per side

Serve on soft burger buns along w/ toppings & ENJOY!