Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger Sliders

The past year has been a whirlwind for both of The Spatularettes, but in all of the craziness we have found so much to be thankful for!  In honor of the season of giving thanks, we want to share a couple of new recipes with you.  They may be Thanksgiving inspired, but are perfect to make any day of the year!  After all, just like we should give thanks year round, not just on Thanksgiving day, we should also eat delicious food year round!  (maybe just in smaller quantities)

This year Tall One was not able to make the 7 hour trek home to spend Thanksgiving with her family and instead stayed in Philadelphia.  Just because she was spending the holiday alone, doesn't mean she didn't celebrate!  She spent her morning with a Pumpkin Spice Latte downtown watching the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade.  Macy's New York parade may be the most famous in the country, but Philadelphia's parade was the first!  After the parade she spent a few hours serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Sunday Breakfast Association.  This is a seriously cool organization that is doing a lot of good for Philadelphia's homeless community.  If you live in the area, we suggest checking them out as they are looking for volunteers and donations year round, not just at the holidays.

After a busy day, Tall One decided on a relaxing evening at home with a fun twist on Thanksgiving dinner.  Cooking for one is already tricky, but trying to make a holiday dinner for one is nearly impossible!  That's why Tall One dreamed up these Thanksgiving Turkey Burger Sliders with cranberry spread.  These are an awesome and easy alternative to Thanksgiving dinner and can be enjoyed any day that you are looking for a little comfort food or feeling extra thankful and want to celebrate.


-1 lb ground turkey
-1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-1/4 cup frozen whole corn kernels, thawed
-1 1/2 Tbs fresh herbs, chopped
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1 tsp garlic powder
-Pre-made stuffing, warmed
-8 dinner rolls

-1 part cranberry sauce
-2 parts mayonnaise or miracle whip
-pinch of salt

For the burgers, start by chopping 1 1/2 Tbs of fresh herbs.  Tall One used tarragon, thyme, and marjoram, but use whatever herbs you typically feature in your Thanksgiving dinner.  In a bowl, use a wooden spoon (or your hands) to combine the first seven burger ingredients.  Form the mixture into 8 small patties and use your thumb to make a small indent in the center of each patty to help them cook more evenly.  Cook the burgers until done in a frying pan or on a grill pan on your stove top.  Feel free to use a grill, but lay the burgers on foil first so the cheese doesn't drip through the grates.  In the frying pan, the burgers took about 5 minutes on each side over medium heat to cook through.

For the cranberry spread, put 1 part whole cranberry sauce and 2 parts mayonnaise or miracle whip in a food processor.  Pulse a few times to break up the cranberries and then allow the processor to run for about 30 seconds.  Tall One used about 1/3 cup of miracle whip and 1/6 cup of cranberry sauce.  Add salt to taste and then whirl one more time to make sure it is well combined.

To assemble the burgers, slice the dinner rolls in half.  Spread each side with some of the cranberry spread.  Top rolls with burgers, and top burgers with a Tbs or so of hot stuffing.

Serve these sliders with a side of sweet potato fries and some gravy for dipping, and you will have one more thing to be thankful for this year!

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