I try to make a list before I go get groceries, although sometimes I leave the list on the counter. Other times I’m in the store looking at the list and somehow failing to see one of the items I’ve written down. I have yet to understand why that happens. I’ve just been to the eye doctor, and I am not going blind.
Maybe to compensate, I always buy a package of ground turkey when it’s on sale—even if it’s not on my list. I probably just forgot to write it down.
Ground turkey is a remarkably versatile ingredient. Over the years I’ve used it to make Burgers, Chili, Meatballs, Meatloaf, Spaghetti Bolognese, Sloppy Joe’s, Tacos and Enchiladas. And if for some reason I can’t use it right away, I freeze it.
Tonight we’re having Turkey Burgers but with an Asian twist. They’ll be ready in 20 minutes.
Asian Turkey Burgers – serves 3 (adapted from “Help! My Apartment Has a Dining Room!”)
1 pound ground turkey2 scallions, cleaned and cut into 1/2-pieces2 tablespoons soy sauce1 teaspoon sesame oil1 teaspoon chopped garlic1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper3 sandwich buns1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
Combine the turkey, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl and mix. Shape the mixture into 3 large flat patties.
Turn the oven to 250 degrees and set the sandwich buns on an oven rack to warm.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until there is no pink in the middle of the patties. Cut into a patty to make sure. They need to be cooked thoroughly.
Remove the buns from the oven, slice them in half and place a patty in each. Serve immediately.For easy recipes, order "Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen!"