Friday, August 20, 2010

Thrifty Recipe- Thai Turkey Burgers

I made this for the first time last week- the flavor of the meat is amazing! I made some notes in parentheses. The ingredient list looks long but it's worth it. And ground turkey can be a thrifty choice if you buy it when on sale or with a coupon and freeze it until you need it.

Thai Turkey Burgers
From Classic Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meals page 27

Warm Pineapple Salsa
- 1 fresh cored pineapple (I just used a can of crushed pineapple)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 of a small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 10-15 fresh basil leaves cut into strips (I didn't have fresh so used a few shakes of dried basil leaves)
- 1 and 1/3 pounds ground turkey (I used one pound and made smaller burgers)
- 1 inch gingerroot peeled and grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (I used dried ginger)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- Dash salt
- 2 scallions, finely chopped (I left this out)
- 4 rolls or hamburger buns of your choice
- Leaf lettuce

1. If using whole, cored pineapple: Drain and cut into pieces that will fit in food processor. Process to a coarse, chunky texture. If using canned, drain.

2. Heat sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium-high heat until oil smokes. Add bell pepper and onions and cook 1-2 minutes. Add pineapple and heat through. Add brown sugar and cook 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add basil. Leave salsa in warm pan while you cook burgers.

3. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Combine turkey, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, curry powder, salt, and scallions. Form into 4 patties and cook on skillet, 4 minutes on each side. Serve on rolls with pineapple salsa and lettuce.

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