Monday, February 7, 2011

Turkey Burgers and Oven Fries

What better way to celebrate the potato than with fries! While I could definitely just eat fries alone, I thought a spin on the classic combination of "burgers and fries" would be more apropos (bonus - did you know potatoes are naturally fat free? AWESOME!).


Turkey Burgers with Honey Mustard Dressing
Makes 4 burgers

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium stalk celery, minced
1/2 apple, peeled and diced small
2 shallots, minced
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes OR 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon Bell's Seasoning
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
4 poppy seed kaiser rolls (or bread of choice)
2 cups spring mix or other baby lettuce
4 slices American cheese

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, egg, garlic, celery, apple, shallot, salt, pepper, parsley and Bell's Seasoning. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. The turkey mixture will be very wet. Form into four patties and place in skillet.

3. Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes. Turn, and cook for an additional 4 minutes.

4. In the meantime, split and lightly toast kaiser rolls. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard and honey.

5. Spread 2 tablespoons of honey mustard dressing on one half of toasted kaiser roll. Layer spring mix on bottom half of kaiser roll, top with one turkey burger patty, American cheese (if desired) and top half of kaiser roll.* Enjoy!

*On second tasting, I substituted honey mustard dressing with Silly Goose Farm ginger-peach chutney (available for purchase soon!) and the American cheese for bleu cheese - it was equally delicious!


Oven Fries with Spicy Ketchup
Serves 4*

4 large potatoes, peeled**
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil.

2. Cut potatoes into "sticks" as uniformly as possible. Place in a large pot and with enough cold water to just cover. Boil over high heat until potatoes are just pierced with a folk.

3. Remove potatoes from boiling water and place on baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Top with garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and allspice. Toss to coat.

4. Bake potatoes on top shelf in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn and bake for another 10 minutes (or until desired "browning" is reached).

5. In the meantime, combine ketchup, cumin and chili powder in a small bowl. Mix to combine.

6. Serve oven fries with spicy ketchup. Enjoy!

*This recipe can easily be increased or decreased.

**I used Red Chieftain potatoes from this year's crop, but the potato gold standard (Yukon Gold, that is) is a wise choice.

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