Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dinner without the kids

I think that the best part about this dinner was that I didn't have to get up during it once.  That said, it was pretty tasty too.  My goal is to get pictures of this kind of thing, but for now, recipes only.

Southwest Turkey Burgers 
1 lb ground turkey 
2 tsp taco seasoning
diced black olives to taste
sliced pepperjack cheese
slices of sweet onion
slices of bell peppers

Mix the turkey, taco seasoning and black olives together, and form into patties (I made 5 good sized burgers).
Heat a grill to medium high heat, and place the onions, bell peppers and burgers near the middle.  Cook about 8 minutes, then flip them all.  
Cook about 8 more minutes, then top the burgers with the pepperjack.  Cook until the cheese melts, then pile it all (burger, peppers, onions) onto buns, with a little lettuce and tomato (if you're into that kind of thing).

Grilled Garlic Fries
These were good.  Really good.  Worth the 3 step cooking process.

5 medium potatoes (I used yukon gold, but regular baking potatoes would work too)
5 inch piece of garlic scape or 3 large garlic cloves, minced
olive oil 
2 tbsp butter

Peel and cut the potatoes into a basic fry shape.  I wasn't too picky about it.
In a steamer basket, steam the sliced potatoes until they have softened, but aren't mushy (err on the side of undercooked here - probably about 5-7 minutes)
Dump the potatoes from the steamer basket to a grill basket, give them a minute or two to air dry, and coat them with olive oil (about 3 tbsp)
Cook them on medium high heat for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often so they brown evenly.
When the potatoes have about 5 minutes left, melt the butter in a skillet over low heat and cook the garlic 'til it's soft but not brown.  
Remove the potatoes from the grill and toss them in with the garlic butter to coat.  Season very generously with sea salt and pepper.

We also had a salad.  Like I said, it was a good dinner.  

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