Kim Kardashian‘s doing it. So are Alec Baldwin, Mariska Hargitay and Anna Kournikova (looks like her new gig has given her a reason to start updating.) Heck, even my brother showed up to the party. (Isn’t he cute?) What are we all doing? Blogging, of course.
Some people assume that starting a blog must be really difficult. On the flipside, more and more are realizing how incredibly easy it is to create an account and get that first post up. Have you noticed that the number of blogs available to read seems to be increasing exponentially by the minute? So much that blogging may just be the latest trendy pastime? It’s because of this that people are often surprised to learn that I’ve been blogging for over four years. In blog years, that makes me old enough to be a grandmother. (I think that makes Julie Powell a great, great grandmother.)
I have no idea how many people were following me back then, because I hardly knew what Google Analytics was (for non-bloggies, this is how we see how many people are stalking us.) I assume the number was quite small, and comprised mostly of friends and family. To Mom, Kate, Suzy, Beth, and others, I know this recipe sounds like old news. But hear me out. It’s because of longtime readers like you that that I decided to share it again. Not only have I made this recipe over and over again, so have you. That’s why I know it’s good.
Good enough to be worth sharing with all the newbies (hi!) who have joined me along the way and don’t deserve to go another moment without this recipe. I know you’ll back me up on this thought: that as soon as they try it, they won’t know how they lived so long without it. I bet you’ll also agree that this recipe doesn’t deserve to sit forever in the dungeons of ugliness. No, it deserved a little makeover, a fresh new look. Which is why I’m presenting my Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers in the form of sliders, served in lettuce wraps.
That’s right, we’re all getting our groove on about a turkey burger. Of course, it’s not just any turkey burger, trying unsuccessfully to disguise itself as an all beef patty. What fun would that be? Instead, this turkey burger takes on a life of its own with creamy peanut butter, sweet carrots, toasty sesame oil, and kickin’ chili garlic sauce. After you try this burger, I can promise you one thing: the next time someone whines, “Are turkey burgers really as good as beef?” you’ll confidently answer, “No, they’re better.”
Makes 2 servings (2 regular sized burgers, or about 20 miniature “sliders”)
8oz 93% lean ground turkey
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 large scallion, minced
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
freshly ground salt & pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, preferably olive-oil based
handful of cilantro, finely minced
1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
water, to thin, if desired
Hamburger buns of your choice + mixed greens, or bibb lettuce leaves for serving
Combine the burger ingredients a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray. Form the turkey mixture into 2 large patties, or 16-20 miniature “sliders”. Cook large patties for about 7-10 minutes per side, until cooked through. (Sliders will take 3-5 minutes per side.)
Stir together the mayonnaise, cilantro, and chili garlic sauce, to taste. If you are making sliders, you may want to think the mixture a bit with water so that you can drizzle over your lettuce wraps.
Serve the burgers on buns with cilantro-chili mayo and greens, or with bibb lettuce leaves.
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving (Includes burgers and cilantro-chili mayo only; does not include hamburger buns or lettuce)
Total Fat 21.7 g
Saturated Fat 4.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Cholesterol 85.0 mg
Sodium 397.5 mg
Potassium 147.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Sugars 5.5 g
Protein 26.2 g