Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mini Turkey Burgers with Sauteed Cinnamon Apples

Most of you that read my blog know how much I love to put meat and fruit together in the same dish.  I let the apples be the star in this 15 minute meal.  I used a hearty but mild ground turkey with baking spices to compliment the flavors of fresh fall apples.  Finally, I topped everything over a fresh bed of arugula with lemon and olive oil.  This is a fast, delicious meal for the whole family.  Enjoy!

Fresh ingredients make for the tastiest meals, even if you only have 15 minutes!

Ingredients (serves 2):
1lb ground turkey
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp allspice
1/4-1/2tsp cayenne
1tsp sea salt
1 large crisp apple or 2 small, diced
1tbs butter, preferably from grass fed beef
a couple pinches of cinnamon
1 tsp honey (I buy local honey to help my horrible allergies)
2 handfuls arugula or other baby green
1tbs extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl, mix 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1/4tsp allspice, 1/4-1/2tsp cayenne, and 1tsp sea salt.  Sprinkle over your ground turkey and mix in with your hands.  Form into 4 balls and press down slightly to make thick, but small, burgers.
2. Meanwhile, power up your electric George Forman (Come on, I know you have one collecting dust somewhere in those cabinets!!).  Okay okay, if you don't have one you can alternatively throw these on the grill.  I put mine on an electric indoor grill for 7 minutes.  Outside they will probably only take about 3 mintues per side so watch them closely.
3. While the meat is cooking, melt butter in a large saute pan.  Add your apples and cook until crisp-tender.  Add as much cinnamon as desired and stir.  Taste and if you like a bit more sweetness add 1tsp honey to the mix and give it a good stir.
4. Okay, time to get your salad ready:  In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and 1tsp honey.  Pour over your arugula and toss well.
5. To serve (what you've been waiting for): Place some greens on a plate.  Top with 2 or 3 mini burgers.  Ladle a big scoop of apples over the whole thing and dig in!

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