Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 August Newsletter Article 5

Yummy Turkey Bruschetta Burger

Lean, delicious, juicy burgers made with zucchini and topped with a summer garden tomato bruschetta topping over a bed of baby arugula – no bun required!

Bruschetta ingredients:
¼ cup chopped red onion
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
3 medium vine ripe tomatoes
2 small cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 oz. part skim mozzarella, diced

Turkey Zucchini Burger ingredients:
1.25 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
1 small zucchini, grated (1 cup or 5 oz.)
¼ cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tbsp. red onion, grated
Salt and fresh pepper
Oil spray

For serving:
2 medium tomatoes, sliced into 10 thin slices
4 loose cups baby arugula

Combine the red onion, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Set aside a few minutes while you chop the tomatoes, then place in the bowl.  Add the garlic, basil and additional salt and pepper to taste and mix well and set aside.  Toss in the cheese when ready to serve.

Squeeze the excess moisture from the zucchini in a paper towel.  In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, shredded zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.  Form into 5 equal sized patties about 5 oz. each, forming them as flat as possible.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat.  When hot, lightly spray with oil.  Add the burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook until browned, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 4 minutes, careful not to burn.

To serve, arrange 3 slices of tomato on each dish, then place 1 cup arugula on top in the center, then top with the burger and finish with the bruschetta (don’t forget to add the cheese), serve right away.

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