Thank you thank you thank you everyone of you who still has kept reading and liking my posts, even I am nowadays updating new stuff so rarely! Your feedback is super important, so please stay tuned in future too.
As you might guess, the reason I haven’t been actively posting these days is that I’ve been….WORKING! I love my work, it’s not that, but I seriously haven’t even had time to properly relax while at home, not to even talk about seeing friends or, well, cooking.
I’m working quite a lot of evening shifts lately, which means I don’t have a chance to prepare dinners, and usually before going to work early afternoon I just wanna chill and not use too much time for cooking special breakfasts etc. Today is my only free day this week, so I have a blueberry mascarpone tart crust in the oven, and plans for some sinful cheeseburgers in mind for dinner.
Talking about burgers, it’s the recipe of today in this blog too. A while ago I ran into a recipe of a Turkish köfte style lamb burgers, and it sounded so delicious I had to try it. The burgers were accompanied with Greek halloumi cheese and tomato-mint-pine nut salsa. The original recipe I took here. I substituted the lamb meat with ground turkey and arugula with some crispy romaine lettuce. This time I didn’t bake my own burger buns but used store-bought.
The lack of images is because S went to shoot a short film last week, took my memory card and this one was the only one I could save before all the images were disappeared.
By the way, does anyone else think that burgers are one of the most difficult foods to photograph? Cause I do!
Turkey Burgers with Halloumi and Tomato Mint Salsa
For the burgers:
500 g ground turkey
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoons ground coriander
bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
For the tomato salsa:
2 medium tomatoes, cut in small cubes
half red onion, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
bunch of fresh mint, chopped
halloumi cheese, sliced in desired thickness and grilled on a skillet
burger buns, lightly grilled
Turkish yogurt mixed with 1 crushed clove of garlic + salt + black pepper
Mix all the ingredients of the burgers until properly combined. With moist hands form the mixture into 4-5 round burgers.
Preheat your oven to 225 C°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the burgers on it. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until almost done.
Heat a drop of olive oil in a skillet and quickly fry the ready burgers from both sides over medium-high heat, just to get some color on them.
Mix the ingredients of the salsa. Remember to toast the pine nuts on a dry skillet, no oil.
In a little olive oil over medium-high heat, lightly grill the halloumi cheese from both sides. Cut the burger buns in half and grill the cut sides lightly too.
Build your burgers and enjoy!
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