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Monday, January 31, 2011

Turkey Sliders

Makes about 8 sliders
Ingredients

For the Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 sweet onions,  cut in half through the root and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper
For the Burgers:
  • 1/2 lb dark ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 lb white ground turkey meat
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Slider buns
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter butter
  • Lettuce
  • ketchup and mustard, optional
Directions
1.  Prepare the caramelized onions:  In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat.  Add onions, anchovy paste, and thyme leaves.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes until onions are dark golden brown.  

2.  Meanwhile prepare the burgers.  In a large bowl, mix together ground turkey, garlic, thyme, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper, using a fork.  Create 1 1/2 inch thick patties and place on a large board.  Set aside.  

3.  Heat a cast iron grill over medium-high heat (this should take about 5 minutes).  Lightly brush oil on crates.  In batches grill buns, bread side down, for 3 until golden brown and toasted.  Set aside.  Mound some lettuce on the bottom buns.  Oil crates again so the meat won't stick.  Grill patties 4 minutes per side, until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees F.  In the last 2 minutes of cooking, brush the grilled side of the buns with butter.  Add on top of lettuce and top with a pile of caramelized onions.  Finally add the top bun to complete the slider.

4.  My boyfriend likes these with ketchup and mustard.  Feel free to do add whatever you'd like to the sliders.

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