I bought my new refrigerator and then went home and blew a kiss to my 20 year old garage fridge and my 40 year old upright freezer. They evidently were born in a different era when they still "made 'em like they used to."
What does this have to do with today's post? Well, it's because of the fridge mishap that I was forced to completely empty the contents of the old fridge/freezer and then refill the new one. This is a great way to take inventory, by the way. I found a lone Granny Smith apple hiding in the back of the fruit bin and I needed to use some ground turkey that had begun to thaw during the meltdown, so I came up with this recipe that includes both. You know what they say about burgers these days, don't you? They don't make 'em like they used to.
Curried Turkey Burgers With Apple Chutney
1 TBSP olive oil
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one)
2 tsp fresh minced ginger root
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 TBSP sweet curry powder
1 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lean ground turkey (my package was actually 1.2 pounds)
1/2- 1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper and ginger. Season with crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until onions are softened and translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Remove pan from heat and stir in curry powder, soy sauce and parsley. Let cool for a few minutes.
Place ground turkey in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and add the reserved vegetables. Combine well but don't over mix. Divide mixture into four equal patties. Grill or pan fry in a little olive oil until desired doneness. I pan fried mine in olive oil over medium heat for 6 minutes per side.
To serve: Place lettuce on lower bun half. Place burger on top of lettuce and then spoon the apple chutney on top (recipe follows) Garnish with chives (optional)
2 tsp olive oil
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup onions, diced
1 tsp fresh minced ginger root
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sweet curry powder
1/2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
In a medium non-stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add apples, onions and ginger and season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Saute until onions and apples have softened a bit and then add the curry powder and brown sugar. Continue to cook until apples are completely soft. Remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice.