Mini turkey sliders

Jul 2, 2011 by

If you are looking for a fun and yummy summer recipe, here it is.  These turkey sliders are not only awesome looking, they taste amazing.  I saw these little buns at Trader Joes the other day and knew I had to use them for something.

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This recipe is super easy and quick to make. Here’s what you’ll need.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Also made a corn salsa mix to go with/on these.

  • 1 cup  chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup fresh corn kernels

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I grabbed some fresh cilantro from the garden.  Wash and chop.  You want 6 tablespoons

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Throw it into a bowl with the ground turkey

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grab your chips and throw them in a ziplock bag and bash the hell out of them.  Therapeutic and fun

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You want a half cup when done.   This process can be a little messy.

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throw them in the bowl

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add 1 tablespoon chili powder

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add 1 teaspoon cumin

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add 1 teaspoon salt

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and 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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mix it all up

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roll them out into small little meatballs and fire up the grill

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to prepare the corn, simply shuck it, throw it in some tinfoil with a pat of butter and add a little bit of lime.  Roll the corn up in the tin foil and throw it on the grill

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since these are little sliders roll out some tin foil for the grill.  The corn helps hold in in place.

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Place all of the little sliders on the grill and then flatten them out with a spatula

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you can toast the little slider buns as well

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looking good as they cook

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add cheese if you like.   I added some provolone and it was good.

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nice little toasty buns

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I added cheese to half

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When the corn is done cooking, about 7-10 minutes, remove it from the grill and from the foil.  Careful, its hot.  Take your knife and slice the kernels off.

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for the salsa mix, just simply add the corn to the mix.

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and voila.

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so little and so tasty

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add your condiments as you wish.  The corn salsa is nice, but so is just a little ketchup and mustard

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These are fun to eat and easy to make.  Try them out for your next summer BBQ.

Ben…

recipe via Epicurious

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Roasted Artichoke from the Garden

Feb 9, 2011 by

My first artichoke!!

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Not the first one I’ve eaten, I LOVE those things, but the first one grown from my garden.

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I planted a few artichoke plants and it took them a while to take off, but wow have they taken off now.  They are HUGE!   They have these huge leaves that take over a large part of my garden box for only a single artichoke, but thats OK.  I got a few more growing and I love to eat these things so its all good.

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I also recently just finished fixing the BBQ up so its ready to grill all summer so I thought I’d try roasting up an artichoke.  I usually just steam them.

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Your still going to steam it for a bit before roasting it.  The easiest way to do this is to chop off the top of the artichoke (the top couple inches) and trim the leaves around it with scissors.    Then get a glass measuring bowl and fill it with a couple inches of water and a tablespoon or two of olive oil and put the artichoke down into the bowl.  Cover with Seran wrap and put it in the microwave for 10 minutes

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This will make it soft enough for us to cut in half and roast.  Grab a knife and slice it down the middle

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look at that!

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Now scoop out the insides and get all the fir-looking stuff and smaller leaves out

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should look like this when its done

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lightly brush both sides with olive oil and place like this on the BBQ for 5-7 minutes.  Then turn over and do the same on the other side

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Mine got a little crispy but it was oh so tasty.  I usually dip these in a butter, mayonnaise, and lemon mixture, but this one was so tasty without anything on it.

If your looking for a new way to cook an artichoke, try roasting it.  Its great.

Ben…

Got a good artichoke recipe, let me know in the comments.  I have more growing in my garden and I love trying new recipes.

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