Red, Spicy, and Blue Burgers

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.


For the buns
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup warm water
2 (1/4 ounce)pakages active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 large eggs 1
tablespoon salt
6-6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
For the burgers
1 1/2 lb ground beef (80%lean)
3 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 tbsp worcestershire
3 tbsp white horseradish
3-4 ounces finely chopped jalapenos
salt and pepper



For the buns Bring milk to a bare simmer in a small saucepan over moderate heat Meanwhile, stir together warm water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in a mixing bowl until yeast is disolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes Add butter and remaing 1/4 cup sugar to yeast mixture and mix with a paddle attachment at low speed until just combined. Add warm milk and mux until butter is melted, then add eggs and mix until well combined. Add salt and 4 cups flour and mix, scrapping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary, until flour is just mixed in. Increase speed to medium and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Switch to dough hook and beat in 2 cups flour at medium speed, scraping down sides of bowl once or twice, until dough pulls from side of bowl, about 2 minutes; if necessary add additional flour, a tablespoon at a time. Beat until dough is sticky. Transfer dough to a lighty oiled large bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 2 1/2 hours. Butter two large baking sheets. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lighty floured surface and roll out into a 14-inch round with a floured rolling pin. Cut out as many rounds as possible with a floured cutter and transfer to buttered baking sheets, arranging them about 3 inches apart to allow for expansion. Gather and reroll scraps and cut out more buns in same manner. Cover buns loosely with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free place until they hold a finger mark when gently pressed, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Put racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 375 F Bake buns, switching postion of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are golden and bottoms are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, 14 to 20 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completly. For hamburgers Heat grill In a medium bowl combine beef, horseradish, worcester sauce, jalapenos, salt and pepper. Make patties with a large indentation in center. Form blue cheese into balls and place inside indentations. Flatten each burger to desired thickness. Season with more salt and pepper and place on grill until desired temperature.