Saturday, January 12, 2008

buffalo turkey burgers with oven fries

buffalo turkey burger ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey

1/2 large onion

1 cup bread crumbs

4 hamburger buns

2 tablespoons butter

3 teaspoons hot sauce
6 large squirts ketchup

bleu cheese or ranch dressing
salt and pepper


grate the onion into a large bowl and add the turkey, salt, and pepper. mix until combined, and then add the breadcrumbs (i actually used ground up cheez it's in this version because i had them on hand, and they worked just as well) until the mixture forms a 'loaf' in the bowl and pulls away from the sides. divide evenly and then form into 4 patties, set aside.
heat a large skillet or grill pan (or obviously, the grill) over medium high heat and add some olive oil to prevent sticking. you could get away with not adding it with beef, but turkey has a low fat content and that spells sticking disaster, so be sure not to skip this step. once the oil is heated, add the patties. cook for about 6 minutes on the first side and then turn and cook for about 8 minutes. you want the patties to be cooked through because it's poultry, so make sure the center isn't pink.
while the burgers are cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan and then add the hot sauce. this should be to taste, but it's better to start with a smaller amount and then add as you need it. whisk the two together, and then add the ketchup (again, to taste) and when combined, set aside.
using tongs, dredge each burger in the hot sauce mixture and then place on a bun (i toast mine). add a squirt of either ranch or bleu cheese dressing, depending on your preferences, and then top with lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. serve with the oven fries (recipe follows) and carrot or celery sticks and more dressing for dipping. this is a good one for kids too, as long as you don't make it too spicy.

oven fries ingredients:

8 large yukon gold potatoes (or other good firm potato variety)
olive oil
salt and pepper

preheat the oven to 415 degrees. slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, then lay them flat, and slice them down the middle. you will now have four even pieces, slice again, on the diagonal to get three "wedges" out of each of the four pieces, making twelve fries from each potato. continue until all potatoes are cut, and then transfer them to a large rimmed baking sheet. drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, and top with salt and pepper. transfer to oven.
cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and flip the potatoes. one side should be golden brown. return to the oven and cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, then remove and top with more salt. enjoy!

anything can be added to the potatoes, we usually add old bay, a special seafood seasoning found in baltimore. the sky's the limit really, you can use just about anything.

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