Nope, I’m not infallible. I don’t always make meals that are fantastic. In fact, today was a downright FAIL. At 5:30 this morning, I put a chopped up onion, a lean pork loin, ketchup, diet coke, garlic, and hot pepper in the crock pot to cook for 12 hours in the hopes that I’d come home to a delicious barbecue meal.
Nope. Didn’t happen.
I came home to a burnt mess on the bottom of the crockpot with a shrunken, kind of barbecue colored pork loin in the middle. Adam and I thought that maybe if we took it OUT of the burnt mess, shredded the meat and tasted it, maybe it wouldn’t be terrible. Again: nope. It was dry and barely seasoned.
THEN, I added barbecue sauce to the bowl of shredded pork, stirred it up, and put it on a sandwich with fat free american cheese:
Onto other news… FREE STUFF NEWS!! Earlier in the week I was sent a 32 oz. jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, and they have so generously offered to send one of you, a What’s For Dinner reader, your very own jar of virgin coconut oil! I’ve been using it as a moisturizer for a few days now, and my previously NASTY dry elbows feel super smooth! It smells amazing, and I can’t wait to start cooking with it. I think some coconut shrimp are in my future!
Even with all the recipe oriented magazines I subscribe to, I find that most of my favorite recipes come from friend and family referrals. (Which is what makes this blog so great, in my opinion!) This recipe comes from a Facebook status update from my friend Karen (the wife of one of my college theatre professors, in fact.) Her status was literally all the ingredients, and I had to figure out the rest. Add one charcoal grill and some teriyaki sauce and you’ve got…
TERIYAKI TURKEY BURGERS
1 lb. ground turkey (I used Jennie-O)1/6 cup minced dried onion (or 1/3 cup chopped fresh sweet onion)1 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper1 TBSP dried parsley1 TBSP Worchestershire sauce1 tsp. hot sauce (I used Cholula)1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries (can throw them in whole)1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)1 TBSP teriyaki sauce
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with your clean, bare hands (makes me feel like a kid again :). Form into 4 patties (1/4 lb. each). Grill or pan-fry. I used my charcoal grill and it took about 20 minutes, flipping the burgers every 4 or 5 minutes to ensure even charring (turkey can burn easily, so monitor diligently.) Once done, place on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin (my new favorite bread product!!!) and top with 1 TBSP of your favorite sweet teriyaki sauce (I used Soy Vay.)
The thing about cooking turkey (like chicken) is that it needs to be cooked all the way through, or you can risk salmonella poisoning. I suggest using a meat thermometer around the 15 minute mark. The burger will be done at 182 degrees. Make sure to put it in through the SIDE of the burger to get an accurate reading. I had it sticking into the top of the burger for a while and it didn’t get above 130 degrees, but then I tried the side of the burger (making sure at least 1/2 of the thermometer stick was in the meat) and the needle immediately shot up to show it was done!
I LOVED this burger. I have never been a big fan of turkey burgers because I always found them kinda bland and dry. But this burger was moist, flavorful and FILLING. I actually had to put back some of my side dishes after plowing through that puppy because I was so full! The savory sauces & herbs balanced well with the sweet cranberries, and both were great compliments to the turkey. It kinda reminded me of Thanksgiving, in June! The teriyaki sauce was my addition to the recipe, and it added a great layer of extra flavor and zing.
I used Sparkrecipes.com to calculate the nutritionals — and they’re not bad! Each patty is about 225 calories, 9g of fat, 1g of fiber and 24g of protein. Add the teriyaki sauce (35 cals, 1g fat, 0 fiber, 0 protein) and the Arnold’s sandwich thin (100 cals, 1g fat, 5g fiber, 4 g protein), and you’re looking at about 355 calories for the whole sandwich (7 Weight Watcher Points.) I definitely will be having another one for lunch tomorrow! Enjoy!