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Gordon Ramsay Goes Hog Wild in Las Vegas

Tuesday Mar 4, 2014
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Gordon Ramsay’s Hog Burger.
Gordon Ramsay’s Hog Burger.  (Source:www.caesarspalace.com)

Continuing to elevate the traditional burger experience, Gordon Ramsay BurGR leads the way by introducing its newest and most unique culinary creation: The Hog Burger featuring Mangalitsa pork. Unavailable anywhere else in Las Vegas, Mangalitsa pork is renowned for its rich and succulent texture, superior quality and concentrated flavor.

The Hog Burger at Gordon Ramsay BurGR features a special grind Mangalista patty, grilled over oak, apple and alder woods, basted with maple butter and served with melted English sharp cheddar and arugula on a signature Brioche bun made fresh daily and topped with black and white sesame seeds.

"We take great pride in our sourcing of only the highest quality ingredients to use in all of our dishes. Discovering Mangalitsa pork is the perfect example," said Caesars Entertainment Regional Vice President of Food and Beverage, Jeffrey Frederick. "These rare pigs are a breed with an interesting lineage. They are raised with such great care and that effort is directly reflected in its amazing flavor, quality and consistency. Without question, there is a direct relationship between the way an animal is raised, finished, butchered and cooked and the way it tastes."

Mangalitsa pork is sourced from Mosefund Farms where the distinctive curly-coated pigs are raised in open pastures and given the time and care to mature. In fact, they require nearly three times as much as of everything from time to mature to amount of feed, as commercial commodity pigs do. They graze on grass and clover and are finished on barley to ensure the highest quality of flavorful and healthful meat.

The Mangalitsa breed was originally developed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire for its exquisite flavor and was originally reserved exclusively for the taste buds of royalty. The Mangalitsa, with its long, often curly hair, is descended, like its cousin the black footed Iberian pig, from the European wild boar and is not well known because it was behind the iron curtain for nearly 60 years.

In the 90s, it was on the brink of extinction with only 200 animals left. Mangalitsa pigs were virtually unknown and non-existent in America and remain a rare find domestically. That is until New Jersey native, G.C. Andersen spent many years traveling Europe enjoying the taste experience of the Mangalista. He returned to New Jersey with the fadeless memory of the amazing taste of Mangalitsa but found he could not replicate it in the U.S.

Motivated to learn all he could about the Mangalitsa, Anderson discovered that the pork he enjoyed in Europe came from heritage breed pigs that are meticulously reared and produced through old world traditions of raising and butchering livestock -- a process not found in America. With passion and determination, Andersen set out to revitalize those old-world traditions at his Mosefund Farm in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Mosefund Farms is the exclusive producer, east of the Mississippi, of the rare breed and has more than 90% of the Mangalitsa livestock in the United States. Unwavering in his commitment, Anderson continues to rear the breed to perfection. He recognizes the important role butchering plays too and takes his pigs up to 1,000 miles away for butchering that meets the stringent standards he upholds.

Gordon Ramsay BurGR is located in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, steps from the Las Vegas Strip, BurGR is open for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. daily.

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