Feb. 16, 2010 6:35 pm
Updated: Feb. 17, 2010 11:26 am
My turkey burgers were an epic fail! Okay. Maybe not epic. But what a flop of a meal :(
I tried the Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burger recipe. I added about 1/4 cup bread crumbs because I was afraid they would fall apart... which they did anyway. The flavor was [[[AMAZING]]], this fail was in no part due to a faulty recipe. They were juicy and flavorful. I did add a pinch of paprika, but it hardly made a difference. I refrigerated it for a few hours, until I had to cook (I prepared both the meat and tomorrow's pork chop marinade this afternoon).
From a pound of turkey, I made four BIG burgers (thanks for letting me know turkey doesn't shrink like beef!) and next time -- because there will be a next time -- I'm definitely making smaller patties. These tasted amazing though, and in their huge patty brokenness, the hubs and I are fans. Actually, if I were to be honest, they didn't fall apart that much... just more than my beef burgers. We dressed them up with cheddar and provolone cheese, Miracle Whip (gag--that's a John thing), lettuce, and mustard. Tomato would have been so good! I just didn't have any.
The bottom line is that I am unexperienced with turkey, so I'll be prepared for that next time. Would more bread crumbs or another egg help?
The side dish was supposed to be sweet potato fries. First of all, I'm not even sure I got the right vegetable. I mean, it wasn't orange. Does that matter, or am I uninformed? Anyway, the sign and photo said sweet potato, and they smelled like sweet potatoes, so I went ahead.
Cutting fries is hard... That was my first indication that this was not my recipe. I tossed the "fries" ([slash] wedges) in olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. At the suggestion of several responses to the recipe, I baked them at 400 for 20 minutes and increased the temp to 425 for the next 20 minutes or so. They STUCK! I left them in about 8 minutes longer, which resulted in browned (burnt) tips and, worse, a mess when I tried to serve them.
Again, my fries ([slash] mush) tasted GREAT! They were just more mush than fries. I had to gently scrape them from the bottom of the pan :( Ironically, the browned/stuck parts were the tastiest. Does anyone have any tips for how I can successfully prepare oven fries? I want to try them again because, like the burgers, they tasted really good!
So, "epic fail" may have been strong. Hubs is working in the kitchen, trying to un-sweet-potato my cookie sheet. We really enjoyed our meal, just needed some perfecting. Tips are appreciated.
End of story is this: try these recipes if you haven't. Just make sure you're better at it than I :)