Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What we ate last night : "Eat your Vegetables" Turkey Burger on a Ciabatta Roll with Melted Gouda

 "Eat your Vegetables" Turkey Burger on a Ciabatta Roll with Melted Gouda. YUM. 

I know a lot of you are moms out there in blogland, so maybe perhaps some of you are going through with your 5 year olds, what I am going through with my nearly 31- year old husband...

 Belive it or not, this harmless and delicious looking burger up there (on a ciabatta roll, no less) contains no fewer than 4 vegetables.  

This is very much a "use what you have" dish, but the basics are: 
1lb ground turkey meat 
( Makes about 4 REALLY good size burgers) 

1 egg
This binds all the ingredients together when cooked

1 cup plain breadcrumbs 
(sometimes I use already-cooked brown rice) 
Basically this sucks up any additional liquid to keep the burgers from falling apart or being too wet. 

Cheese of Choice (optional)

Last night's veggies were: 
1 carrot (grated)
1 smaller zucchini (grated)
1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
handful of parsley (finely chopped)
5 springs of thyme
1 cup uncooked spinach (you cook this in the microwave for about 90 seconds and then wring out any excess water)

Here's what ya do:
1. Preheat grill or grill pan 

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except the meat, breadcrumbs and egg. 
Add salt and pepper to taste (and any other seasonings you want)

 3. Add the turkey meat  and egg and combine, being careful not to over stir

4. Add the breadcrumbs a couple of tablespoons at a time. You may not need all of it. Basically you just want the mixture so it is very moist, not wet, and sticks together when you clump it into a ball. Adding too much starch will make your burgers dry. No bueno. 

5. If you are adding cheese, form the patties around the cheese, pushing it into the center. Hence, the "inside out" cheeseburger. As the burger cooks the cheese will melt and give the burger a whole other level of yummy-ness. Gouda, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepper Jack and even goat cheese would be pretty fantastic for this.
6. Place on the grill for about 10 minutes on each side. 

I like this method because when you see the cheese starting to melt out, you know you didn't screw it up and they'll be cooked through.

I like to grill my buns (that's what she said) 

Its a super healthy, nutrition-in a dish. Add in a ciabatta roll and some smoked gouda or goat cheese, you've got yourself a pretty grown-up meal, friend!

What do you think? Anyone gonna give this a shot with the veggie-resistant people in their lives?


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