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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Another Guest Blog!!

My dear friend, Julia, agreed to guest blog on Dining with the Rissers! She, like myself, is a former public relations guru who left it all for the kiddos. We could sit and "talk shop" for hours on end (preferably over a glass or two of wine!) while the kiddos play. We met through the Coatesville MOMS Club, and in the fall, Lindsay and one of her daughters will be in the same preschool at about the same times. We'll have lots of opportunities to enjoy a few cups of coffee and let her 7-month old son and Luke chase each other around the house! Here's what she wrote...

Our family has fallen into pretty regular mealtime traditions. We have a very busy household with three children under the age of five, so designating certain days for particular meals makes a lot of sense. And on the weekends we try to make meals that don't require a lot of fuss. Saturdays, when my hubby is often in charge of the kitchen, we usually have homemade burgers on the grill. Todd is a big guy, from western Pa., and likes his meat and potatoes like the best of them. He's a great cook, too, having managed a restaurant and bar throughout most of his college career. Being the health-conscious mom and wife that I am, I try to make sure we all watch our fat and cholesterol intake.

This week I decided that turkey burgers would be a perfect option, whipped up easily but with a bit of a gourmet twist. With my gentle instruction, he made the patties and then I topped them with roasted red peppers and feta cheese. (Although, the girls ate their burgers sans topping, with the exception of some ketchup and mustard.) Served with a side of sweet potato fries and a nice glass of pinot noir, we had a delicious and healthier version of our regular favorite.

Turkey Burgers
2 1-lb. packages of ground turkey
McCormick onion powder
McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger spice
Roasted red peppers (we got these from a favorite Italian deli my dad goes to in NJ)
Athenos Feta cheese (chunk), from Wegmans, cut into small slices
Alexia Julienne Sweet potato fries, sold in frozen section of Wegmans
Rolls of your choice

  1. Mold ground turkey into patties.
  2. Season with onion powder and hamburger spice.
  3. Grill over medium heat.
  4. Put turkey burger on roll and top with feta.
  5. Add roasted red peppers.
  6. Serve with sweet potato fries, baked according to directions.

1 comment:

voilamavie said...

Another good turkey burger recipe is the Sassy Turkey Burgers from Better Homes and Gardens. They do take a bit of time to prep if you are doing it solo(25 mins)


* 1 tomato, chopped (1 cup)
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeno peppers (2)*
* 1/4 cup bottled salsa
* 1-1/2 lb. uncooked ground turkey
* 1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage
* 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
* 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted, if desired


1. For the salsa topping, in a small bowl combine tomato, 1/4 cup of the chopped onions, jalapenos, and bottled salsa. Cover and chill until serving time.

2. For the burgers, in a large bowl combine turkey, pork sausage, remaining 3/4 cup onions, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, salt, and pepper. Shape burger mixture in six 3/4-inch-thick patties.

3. For charcoal grill place patties on rack of uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 14 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in patties registers 160 degrees F, turning once halfway through grilling. For gas grill preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above. Top burgers with salsa mixture. Makes 6 servings.

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