Recipe inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Sometimes it's a commercial, at times a Food Network show will spark inspiration, and sometimes, a trip to the movie theater creates an idea that lingers for days and days.
Yes, a movie theater sparked this ingenious idea. This past weekend when we went to see The Avengers, but before I made the movie-inspired chicken shawarma
, Adam and I enjoyed the amazingness that is the iPic theater. Gourmet food, wine kiosks, and cushy seats made for a truly wonderful movie experience.
Our dinner was a shared turkey panini. But not just any turkey panini, but a delicious grilled concoction of smoked turkey, gooey brie, and apple butter. And this combination lingered in my brain, and kind of morphed into a more spring-appropriate sandwich.
I'm sure I'm not the first one to do it, but I assure you, this recipe is my own. I'm absolutely thrilled with how they turned out, and am already looking forward to making them again and again this summer!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped tarragon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 slices crisp cooked bacon
- 4 ounces brie cheese
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
Heat a grill or broiler to high heat.
Mix all the burger ingredients together in a mixing bowl, making sure everything is well-incorporated. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
Form into 4 patties, and grill or broil until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes a side.
Place one burger on the bottom of a wheat hamburger bun. Top with one ounce brie cheese, slices of apple, and 1 piece of bacon cut in half.
One of the most exciting things about this meal? I had a glass of wine! Granted, it was a carefully measured four-ounce serving, but it was my first "with dinner" glass of wine since before I went into the hospital.
They gave me prednisone, and I was on it for weeks. And weeks. And I was crabby. Ok, I was more than crabby. But the worst thing was that it gave me heartburn, and I was told that any alcohol would make it worse. I had one margarita when a friend and I went to Frontera Grill, and I was paying for it for days. I came off "the 'roids" last week, and am thrilled to be able to have a glass of wine here and there.
It is getting to be the end of the school year, after all.
Coffee in the morning… wine at night… it's how we get by.
I kid, I kid.