11.22.2010

Fancy Turkey Burgers and Mustard Potatoes

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It seems like it's been forever since I've cooked burgers at home. And it's been even longer since I've roasted potatoes. When I picked up a package of ground turkey at Trader Joe's last week, a meal appeared before me. Although I'm not the biggest fan of turkey burgers, and have made them rarely, I had an idea that involved roasted peppers, celery and green onions. I'm not really sure where this idea came from, but it sounded good while I was shopping, and it turned out even better than I had imagined.
I combined my chopped vegetables with bread crumbs, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. Then I mixed all the ingredients with the ground turkey. I formed my patties and kept them refrigerated until they were ready for use.
For my roasted potatoes, I used fresh rosemary, lots of mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. I scrubbed and cut my red potatoes into large wedges, smeared with with the above ingredients, and baked them for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. During the last 20 minutes, I added a chopped bell pepper, just for fun.
The burgers cooked pretty quickly, five or so minutes per side. I had some fancy condiments -- eggplant spread, followed by lettuce, feta cheese and mustard.
The burgers were juicy and delicious. I loved the roasted peppers in there. My strange combination somehow worked, with the celery adding a little crunch. I would definitely recreate these again, without changing a thing. The potatoes went well with the burgers. There's really nothing better than roasted potatoes on a cold night. And we also had homemade pickles on the side.

Then we sat in our living room and listened to music because we are near the mountains and get only three channels on the TV (and not any good ones). The husband says no cable until I get a job. My father says, this is the time I need cable. I agree with dad. I just need to find someone to sponsor my cable bill. I am horribly missing my PBS cooking shows.

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