10 Sophisticated Variations on Your Favorite Childhood Foods


Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers

You may not think of hamburgers as "kid food," but most people readily accept that despite their popularity, hamburgers aren't exactly sophisticated cuisine. There's no denying that sizzling patties of beef are delicious, but you're going to have to put in a little extra effort to make this dish palatable for those who typically turn up their noses at kid-friendly food.

Like with bacon and eggs, the trick here is to enhance the meal, not completely reinvent it. The most important part of the burger is the meat, so make sure you use high-quality ground beef. Don't overcook it, as excessive heat will drain the patties of their moisture and flavor. Instead of going for a traditional sesame seed bun, try serving the patties inside toasted artisan rolls. Most importantly, don't be afraid to add a new, unique accent to your burgers. You can make a deliciously distinctive cheeseburger by using blue or feta cheese instead of cheddar or Swiss. If you'd like to add extra flavor, mix herbs, spices or other ingredients into the meat.