Turkey-Spinach Sliders

Source: Adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine, July 2013 issue
Serves: 8 sliders
Skill level: Easy 

Time: 55 minutes (30 prep, 25 cook time)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 4 cups chopped spinach, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/3 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 8 slider buns, lightly toasted for serving 
  • Sauces for serving (served with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki sauce)

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INSPIRATION

I must say, I’ve kind of neglected my inner chef for what seems like a very long while (it has only been 3 weeks!) The average teacher has several weeks or even months off; I spent the summer in Boston and DC developing myself through an incredible and inspiring organization. Needless to say, I’m eager to get back into my classroom, taking back everything I learned and making a life-changing year for the students that I work with. 

I had some time between flights and sessions to read about new recipes and now my to-make-next list of recipes is even longer than before! Here’s another selection from the delicious Bon Appétit magazine (thank you Jenny for the subscription!) These sliders are super flavorful and are great for a fun dinner, however I also plan to make these for the next potluck or party & food gathering. Enjoy!

DIRECTIONS

1) Chop spinach and place in a large bowl. 

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2) Add onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, garlic salt, salt, pepper and olive oil to the spinach and mix well. 

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3) Add turkey and mix well will a fork to combine. Hands work well here too.

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 4) Form the turkey mixture into eight patties. Form the patties well, however do not pack too tightly as this will dry out the patties when you cook them. 

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5) The original recipe says to cook the patties in a large skillet over medium heat and with 3 tablespoons olive oil. I opted to bake them in the oven. I baked them for 25 minutes on 400 degrees. The tops of the patties are a darker brown color-without being burnt, when cooked.

(Note: there may be extra fat on the sides of the sliders once they are cooked. This easily comes off with a fork or knife. Be sure to remove this before serving!)

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6) With 5 minutes left on the sliders, toast the buns in the oven (cheat: add butter, margarine or mayo to make extra crunchy). 

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7) Serve these little guys with your favorite sauce, although these sliders are flavorful and juicy enough to be served on their own too! (Served here with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki sauce).

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Enjoy! 

xoxo -The Yummy Bunny.

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