Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cooking with the dillmans

We eat a lot of pork and beef in our house. I really love pork, (chops, bacon, sausage, tenderloin, ribs, bbq, etc.) and we do love beef (steaks, ground beef, etc.) So I like to try to use some different meats from time to time. I've been buying a bit of ground turkey and making turkey burgers out of them, so that hubby will eat it.

We have a great burger place near us, Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, and they have the Frenchie burger which is turkey, brie, applewood smoked bacon, grilled apples and garlic mayo. Yum-o! Well we adapted out own version of this last night. We skipped the bacon to make one less step but I think next time it might be a good idea to add some crunch. We also didn't add the mayo, but we DID add caramelized onions!
Photo via Once Upon a Cutting Board I like her recipe a lot too!!!

I adapted our recipe from Bobby Flay's:

2 pounds freshly ground turkey
Four 1-inch cubes of Brie cheese, 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper (feel free to add garlic powder/onion powder, etc.)
1 large granny smith apple, cored and sliced 1/2-inch thick crosswise
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large yellow onions
BACON! (to your liking of course)
Four rolls


To prepare the burgers:

Start by caramelizing the onions, as this step can take up to half an hour.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, stir to coat with oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Spread onions out evenly across the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes.  Don’t stir the onions too often so they can brown, but don’t leave them alone long enough to burn or stick to the pan.  You may need to reduce the heat or add a splash of water to deglaze the pan a few times to prevent onions from burning.  Once they’re done, set aside in a small bowl.  This step can be done ahead of time and onions can be warmed up in the microwave before topping burger.

 Shape the meat firmly into 4 round uniform patties about 1 1/2inches thick. Make a small indentation in the center of each patty and place 1 cube of the cheese in each. Knead the meat slightly to cover the hole. Brush both sides of the burgers lightly with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Cook the burgers to your liking. Brush the apples on both sides with the vegetable oil. Grill (in a grill pan) until golden on both sides. Place a burger on the bottom of each roll, top with 1 or 2 apple slices.

Yum yum.

1 comment:

  1. Why do you have to post something that looks SO delicious, when I'm trying to be good this week?? :)