Friday, August 8, 2008

Ground Turkey Patties & Twice Baked Potato Bites

This dinner turned out a lot better than I expected. Eli really enjoyed it! The original recipe calls for ground pork, but I like turkey a lot more. It's a little more lean than pork. I would definitely take any extra sauce and slather the patties with it, but that's just me. I really liked it. Also, start the potatoes first. While the potatoes are cooking prepare everything else, but don't start cooking the patties until you bake the potatoes the second time. Enjoy!

Ground Turkey Patties

12 oz. lean ground turkey
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp seasoned salt (LAWRY'S)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c apple juice
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp dried sage, crushed
3 c shredded lettuce (garnish & salad)
roma tomatoes

In a bowl combine turkey, green onions, seasoned salt, and apper. Shape meat mixture into four 1/2 inch patties. In a large skillet cook patties over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn and cook for 5 minutes more. Pour off any drippings.

Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan combine apple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, and sage. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Turn patties again; brush with some of the sauce. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes more or until done.

To seve, divide shredded lettuce among plates. Add a patty to each plate. Top each with more sauce. Garnish with tomato slices.

Twice Baked Potato Bites (Chef Britta)

10-14 red new potatoes (small), halved
1 TBSP olive oil
3/4 c sour cream
1/4 c snipped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each potato half so they rest flat.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss with olive oil; season with salt and pepper, and arrange bottom side down.

Bake until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on sheet.

When cool enough, using a melon baller, scoop out about a teaspoon from the center of each potato and place in a bowl.Add sour cream and chives to the bowl with potato centers and mash; season with salt and pepper.Stuff potatoes with filling.

Bake potatoes at 450 until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

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