Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kitchen Musings: Pesto Turkey Burgers

Our kitchen has been active lately with several new recipes.

My favorite thing that is a'brewin' is our prickly pear infused liquors! But there will be a post to come on that soon. I'm pretty stoked about it, though! We are actually harvesting plump, juicy, red prickly pears from our cactus, and infusing them in mason jars w/ vodka and agave nectar.....

More to come that!

Over the weekend, I tried to make comfort food for my husband who went on night shift starting the 4th of July. Right now our schedule couldn't be more opposite. He wakes up as I go to bed. But that's okay - we still live in the same household, and this schedule is temporary!

A few of my comfort creations were:

  • Salted Puppy Chow (sea salt, pretzels, puppy chow, #crack) - I made 2 big batches of this. One which I brought to the 4th of July party I went to, the other I sent with Ryan to work.
  • Crockpot lasagna - super easy, super delicious! Why have I never tried making lasagna in a crockpot before? (being last summer I lived in a hotel and cooked everything in a crockpot)
  • Pesto Turkey Burgers - my random creation tonight, which I will share. My basil plant is producing like crazy, so I'm using it a lot so it keeps producing!
  • ground turkey (I used 93%/7%) 1 lb
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp balsalmic vinegar
  • 1 handful spinach (1/4 cup?)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  1. Finely chop up the spinach & basil leaves. Stir it with onion, garlic, egg, vinegar, & olive oil.
  2. Mix in the ground turkey. Still well.
  3. Form into patties. (My secret is to try to make a "well" in the middle)
  4. Spray hot grill with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  5. Evenly grill both sides.
  6. Add slices of mozzarella - allow to melt.
  7. Serve on a bun or a bed of spinach if you don't have any buns! ;) Goes really well with sliced tomatoes!
....And I completely forgot to take any photos of this one! Which is a bummer, because it looked pretty cool!

The more interesting the burger, the more I like it! I find it impossible to just make a plain burger these days. It has to have spinach, basil, or feta in it! So much more flavor!

What's your favorite way to have a burger?


Marlys said...

Mmm, that burger sounds good! I usually just make plain burgers but like the sound of yours better!

I can't wait to hear how your infused liquor experiment goes! How long do you let them set? The rhubarb vodka one I'm making this weekend takes 2 - 4 weeks but I'm going to let it sit the whole 4 weeks, I think, but may sip it at 3 weeks to check it out.
Have fun on the river tomorrow!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum! That sounds really good! My basil plant is producing well, too, so I will have to make these sometime as I have some ground turkey in my freezer. I usually like my burger with ketchup and spicy mustard but that only works for beef ones. For something like this, I would just want a little bit of cheese!

The infused liquor experiment sounds cool and delicious!