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Turkey Bacon Sliders

13 Feb

So originally, this post was supposed to make it in time for the Superbowl. But I had a crazy busy week at work this past week. Its been great that my job is going well enough that I’m working every day, but it also leaves me less time to blog! So onto what you are here for, a recipe!

Sliders are one of my favorite things to order with a crowd at bars/restaurants. They offer a mini bite without committing to a giant burger sure to create a mess. So I thought, how hard can these be to make at home? For this recipe, I used ground turkey and turkey bacon (a Dish Dash Dime staple) to make them a little healthier than the ground beef restaurant alternative. And did I mention how EASY this dish is? I bet you could use what you already have in your pantry and put your own spin on it too!

First, for two people, and eight sliders, shape ground turkey into two patties.

And since all meat needs seasoning, add a dash of pepper, salt, and garlic salt, to your personal preference.

Be sure to season both sides evenly. And then, sear them on a hot frying pan. I also love a fresh burger off the grill, so take it outside if you like too!

While waiting for your pan to heat up, or while your significant other is grilling, throw some bacon on the stove for some added flavor, texture, and crunch on the sliders.

Turkey bacon comes fully cooked, so it just needs to be heated up. I still prefer using the stove top, although I guess you could try the microwave too. If you’ve never had turkey bacon before, know that it despite the obvious flavor difference, the texture and the overall crispiness is much different. Even if you were to char your turkey bacon, it will still have some flexibility to it. Its more chewy than regular bacon, but it also has good flavor, and over 50% less fat (look at nutritional labels to see the exact difference as it varies by brand). I’ve been using the Jenne-O turkey bacon as a substitute for so long, I don’t even see a difference! But if you have picky eaters, better save the healthy bacon for your own personal BLT.

Next, let’s get our rolls ready. When making sliders, nothing beats a sweet Hawaiian roll. I bought the sub rolls as opposed to the actual Hawaiian rolls since they were much less expensive. Not sure why, but I happily grabbed this deal.

If you haven’t yet, place your patties into a frying pan. If you are using extra lean turkey meat, spray a tiny bit of oil into the pan first.

In my fridge, I only had shredded cheddar. And since I’m a big fan of using what you have instead of making a trip to the store, shredded cheddar is what I used. For a yummy treat, slice up 8 pieces of Tillamook extra sharp cheese.

Then slice each patty into fourths. Try to make each cut as even as possible so you end up with eight similar mini patties. Then place them on the bottom parts of each bun.

And then add bacon!

Then add the top bun and assemble on a plate. For an appetizer, serve them with toppings on the side so guests can add their favorites. Slice up Roma tomatoes for the perfect size. To keep the burgers together, secure each of them with a toothpick.

 

For a meal, serve these with Seasoned Potato Wedges for a meal that any family will devour.

For recipe lovers:

For eight sliders:

1 package Kings Hawaiian Rolls or Mini Sub Rolls
1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
6 slices turkey bacon
1/4 cup shredded cheese OR 8 small slices of cheddar cheese
Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Pickles, optional

Cheatin’ on Marinara

18 Jan

A good marinara can be the difference between an okay pasta dish and an amazingly delicious meal. And there have been times that I have let a sauce simmer on a stove for three hours before using it in a dish that is baked for an additional hour. But some days, I don’t have four hours to devote to a meal. In fact, I nearly have around 30-40 minutes each night from the time I get through the door to get dinner on the table to eat and enjoy before we’re off to something that night.

So I like to cheat on marinara.

Okay, so seriously, I love to make this homemade sauce that tastes like it took much more effort and time. To begin, grab a can of petite diced tomatoes, and drain some of the excess juice. Probably somewhere around 1/4 cup. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the juice to a medium pot.

Next add 1/4 cup of diced onions.

Then add 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp basil, and 1/2 tsp onion powder.

Then the cheat…add 1/2 cup of your favorite jarred tomato sauce. Let  the sauce simmer while you create the rest of your meal – whether it be noodles, meat, etc.

Five minutes before serving, stir in a slurry of 1 part water to 1 part cornstarch. Don’t add to much otherwise you’ll end up with a pink sauce! Better to add a little of the slurry at a time until you arrive at the thickness you like.

If you plan to finely blend your sauce, turn off the burner and pour the sauce into the blender. Return to the pan to keep the sauce warm until ready to eat. Either put it on a low setting, or turn burner off and cover. In our house, we love tomatoes, so we don’t blend the sauce together. For me, tasting the individual pieces of tomato makes it more homemade.

If you want to make a meat sauce, now is the perfect time to add your pre-cooked ground beef, or in this case ground turkey.

Even without meat, this sauce is the perfect canvas for your favorite flavors. Experiment with different varieties by adding red pepper, or mozzarella cheese, or even using a can of tomatoes that already has seasoning in it. Any way you do it, it sure beats the long wait of the usual homemade sauce!

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