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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Apple turkey burgers with a sweet red onion salsa and HALLOUMI (the god of all cheeses)

This recipe was taken from the Good Food channel website, I was looking for something to make with turkey mince which was healthy but still tasty and burgers seemed to be a top choice which I was glad of, because when I lived with my friend Lily, she made the most delicious turkey burgers on a couple of occasions and I've always wanted to make them/have them again. I liked that with this meal the burger mix was slightly different as it featured apples! And there were accompaniments to the meal (salsa, halloumi), I love accompaniments - any sauces or sides that can go with the main meal to make it even more scrumptious, is fine by me!

You will see that the recipe has a spicy tomato salsa, I decided to make a sweet salsa instead using red onions and missing out the green chilli, I just used a small red chilli to give a kick.

Ingredients (Makes more than enough for 4)

For the burger mix -

  • 500 g minced turkey
  • 2 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 apples, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • For the salsa -

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (red onion to make it a sweet salsa)
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Optional - 1-2 green chilli, deseeded and finely sliced (if you want it really spicy!) or 1-2 red chilli (for a mild kick)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • black pepper

  • You will also need -

  • 4 x ciabatta rolls
  • 150g halloumi cheese (or however much you want!)

It's easier to make the salsa first as you can leave that to the side and have it as hot or cold as you like!

So chop the red onion, garlic, red/green chilli and tomatoes. Then heat a little olive oil in a pan and when it's hot, chuck in the chopped onion and fry for a few minutes and then add the other dry ingredients and fry together. Add the chopped tomatoes and season. If you want the salsa thick, stick a lid on the pan and leave it, it usually thickens to a paste like texture. I just cooked the ingredients until hot and then poured into a bowl to cool down.

Put all of the burger mix ingredients in a bowl and mix well using your hands. Add the cinnamon and season well. Divide into four burgers (you may end up having more)
I made mine quick thick but it's up to you how big/small you want the burgers.

I lightly cooked the burgers on the hob to brown them first, and then popped them in the oven for around 15 minutes. You'll have to keep checking, mine took longer cos they were masshoosive but it really is dependent on how big they are! I would say for an average size burger to brown it and then put in the oven for 10 minutes.

While the burgers are in the oven, chop up the halloumi lengthways. Add a tiny bit of oil to a saucepan (I used the same one as the salsa) and lightly fry until the halloumi is lovely and golden.

When the halloumi is almost done (it takes around 5-10 minutes) pop the ciabatta rolls in the grill and lightly toast. By now the burgers should be ready and it is time to assemble, ciabatta roll (1 half or both - depending on how much bread you want!), burger, halloumi and salsa over the top. I served it with plain and sweet potato wedges. A cold Corona is lovely with this!

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