Thursday, 29 April 2010
I picked up some ground turkey at the grocery store today. I was craving a turkey burger and thought they would make the perfect supper for Todd and myself, quick and easy.
Normally I make my southwestern american style ones . . . filled with tasty things like cumin, coriander, chili and shallots. Oh my but they are good . . . served openfaced on a toasted English muffin with some quacamole and salsa on the side.
Today though, I wanted something different. You know how it is . . .
I decided to do a search online and I found this one HERE. It sounded delicious! There's some great things in there . . . dried cranberries, sage, thyme, onion. I did them pretty much as the recipe called for, except I used a red onion and I added about 8 ounces of grated strong cheddar cheese. Oh yes, I also left out the bread crumbs. I just didn't think they were needed. I thought I was onto a real winner here.
They looked and smelled fabulous when they were cooking. My tastebuds were a tinglin!!
They were kinda disappointing though. I served them on toasted buns, with some mayo and lettuce on the bottom and a spoonful of my homemade cranberry catsup on the top. We both thought . . . hmmm . . . these are only so . . . so.
In fact, neither one of us finished them. Sadly they went in the bin.
I was regretting not having made my usual ones as I stood in the kitchen afterwards doing the dishes . . . I went to clean out the skillet and I picked a piece off of the one that was remaining in the pan before I went to discard it. I couldn't believe how could something that had such a fabulous mix of flavours have come off as so bland and tasteless??? I needed one more taste just to satisfy my curiosity.
Wow, the taste of the burger on it's own knocked my socks off!!! In fact, it was soooo good that I secretly polished the leftover one there and then . . . all by my little old self.
My recommendation? Make these burgers . . . but leave off the bun. These little babies are delicious all on their own. Having a bun is a waste of time and bread. I'll make these tasty burgers again. I bet the mixture would make some delicious meatballs too, especially if you cooked them in a barbeque kind of sauce . . .
If you are interested here is my recipe for the cranberry catsup. It's really easy to make and goes really well with grilled chicken, turkey and pork.
Makes 8 ounces
This is really a no brainer, but I'm going to post it anyways coz it's soooooo good! Try it with your favourite burgers and with grilled chicken and pork. The catsup gives it just enough twang, but there is that underlying sweetness of the cranberry sauce. All in all perfect!
4 ounces whole berry cranberry sauce
4 ounces tomato catsup
Mix the both together with a fork until they are well amalgamated. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy! Do store any leftovers in the refrigerator in a covered container!
PS - Dee, if you e-mail me on MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com, I will be happy to e-mail you back with some converted measurements for that potato pie! Thanks!