Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 130: Olive Me, Why Not Take Olive Me?

2011 Total Earnings:  $12,247

Today's Contest: Lindsay Olives: Love this Recipe contest
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I submitted a recipe for these delicious Green Olive Turkey Burgers with feta and Tzatziki sauce.
Don't these sound divine?  I think so too.  I may even cook it someday.   What?? Excuse me?
Are you accusing me of plagiarizing a recipe ?  Me, someone who considers it a cooking triumph when he heats up left over Thai take out?   How very dare you.....

2 medium cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 teaspoons cayenne
1/3 cup crumbled feta (about 2 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped green olives
Tzatziki, homemade or store-bought
Make a paste with the garlic and kosher salt: On a cutting board, sprinkle smashed and peeled garlic cloves with the salt. Mince the garlic and salt together then smear and mash to a paste using the flat side of a chef’s knife.  Alternatively, you can mash the garlic and salt to a paste using a mortar and pestle.  If neither of those methods work for you, just press or chop the garlic finely and stir together with the salt.
Gently break the ground turkey into pieces in a large bowl then mix the garlic paste, cilantro, dill, olive oil, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, feta, and olives into the ground turkey (it’s easiest to use your hands for this). Shape the meat into 6 equal 1-inch-thick patties. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.
While the burgers are chilling, prepare a charcoal or gas grill. Grill the burgers, covered with vents open, over direct medium heat until nicely marked and just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in a burger should read 165°F), about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
Top burgers with Tzatziki and serve wrapped in lettuce or your favorite flatbread.

-Chef Fletcher

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