In Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners cookbook she offered up a recipe for Cacciatore Burgers. After a quick scan of the ingredients list and deeming this a "might-like" for Mr. Sideline Chef I added this to our menu lineup.
Her burgers don't include tomato or wine. She missed the mark on this one being Cacciatore-esque. Although I did have to "hunt" for the ingredients since I went shopping at Krogers since I needed fresh fish this week and I am not a regular there. I had to back track quite a few times trying to find all of the items on my shopping list.
Getting to eat a burger, even a turkey burger, makes me giddy. I love the indulgence of a burger. Sinking my teeth into a meaty patty and the flavors from all of the toppings and the grease that may or may not drip down to my elbows. This Turkey Cacciatore Burger is unlike anything I have ever had. The aroma that filled the house is reminiscent of a Philly cheesesteak. My mouth was watering and stomach growling the entire preparation. The final product looked like heaven between a bun.
On top of a broiled bun brushed with butter and garlic laid the turkey burger that had Worcestershire sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes, onions, parsley, basil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. The burger was topped with sauteed sliced portobello mushrooms, onions, cubanelle peppers, and hot cherry peppers then topped with the broiled bun top.
A spring salad mix with an olive oil-lemon dressing was served as a side dish with roasted garlic bagel chips as well. The burger was the only star. "Pretty good." This coming from Mr. Sideline Chef is saying something. He had seconds and thought it could have even had more of a kick. He told me, "It was even heat to tease me." Finally! Another recipe that can be inserted in the "Mr. Sideline Chef's Favorites". This is a must try burger!
Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Makes 4 servings
Stars of the Show:
- extra virgin olive oil, for liberal drizzling, plus 4 tbsp
- 1 lb ground turkey breast or ground chicken - I used ground turkey.
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 garlic cloves (2 cloves chopped, 2 cracked from skins and reserved)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 medium yellow onion (1/4 of the onion finely chopped and the other 3/4 of the onion thinly sliced)
- handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley - I used dried parsley since that is what I have on hand.
- 10 fresh basil leaves, shredded - Once again I used dried basil.
- generous handful of grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and ground black pepper
- 2 portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced - I scraped out the gills. They gross me out.
- 2 cubanelle pepper, seeded and sliced - I used Anaheim peppers.
- 2 hot red cherry peppers, chopped, plus a splash of their juice
- 4 slices Provolone cheese
- 4 crusty rolls, split
- 3 tbsp butter
- 12 oz mixed baby greens
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped - I used dried thyme.
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 sack of fancy chips such as olive oil and rosemary flavor or Terra's garlic and onion Yukon golds - I used New York Style Roasted Garlic Bagel Chips.
Preheat the broiler to high. Toast the crusty rolls until golden. (This happened within a minute and I actually burnt some of the edges.) Melt the butter with the remaining cracked garlic in the microwave. Brush the garlic butter on the rolls.
Place the turkey or chicken burgers on the buns. Top with the peppers and onions and replace the top halves of the buns.
Toss the spring salad greens with the thyme, lemon juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve the greens alongside the Cacciatore Burgers with the chips of your choice.