I know, its half way through the year and no where near Christmas, but I am already thinking about my favourite things. My favourite food combinations at Christmas are: turkey, cranberry and cheeses! It doesn’t have to be December for me to enjoy a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich. This inspired me for a new recipe: a summer twist on a winter favourite. I had never tried it before and I was pleasantly surprised with it’s outcome.
The combined flavours were fantastic and the rocket and balsamic vinegar complimented the burger well too. It works well as a meal with a nice salad, or equally in a panini for a yummy lunchtime snack. An idea I had is to make my own Christmas recipe cards up, write them on a scroll and tie them with a ribbon and I can put that in stockings for presents. I love little Stocking Fillers, the ideas and creativity with these kinds of gifts are endless. So here is, my Christmas style turkey burger recipe:
- 500g Lean turkey mince
- 1 slice of thick white bread (or 4 crackers)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs
- 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce
- 4 slices of brie
- Get the mince in a bowl and break it up with your fingers so that it is moulding together.
- Add the mixed herbs to the mince and continue to mix together with your fingers.
- Break up the slice of thick bread into crumbs and add it to the mince mixture.
- Crack the egg into the bowl and mix this up with the mince mixture, still using your fingers. Make sure to really squish it up so that it mixes up well.
- When you have the right texture with the mince, split the mince in half. (Or in quarters, depending on what size burgers you wish to make).
- With one half left to the side for later, take the remaining mince and split a bit off for the lid.
- Round off the remaining mince, into a burger shape and push a hole in the middle with your knuckles. Making sure to not push through to the bottom.
- With the well in the middle of the mince, put a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and a couple of slices of brie. (Whatever will fit).
- Then roll out the bit of mince in your hands, flatten and push on top of the well (gently) to make the lid. Tidy it up and make sure no brie/cranberry is showing through the mince.
- Using a spatula, place the burgers carefully into an ovenproof dish.
- Put the Christmas turkey burgers into the frying pan and shallow fry for around 20/30 minutes, or until cooked right through. Depends on what size burgers you make.
- I served them with rocket drizzled with balsamic vinegar, mushroom and serve it with a fresh panini for a lunch time treat.
Here are some step by step photos to help you along:
On Stocking Fillers have created a fantastic Christmas in August advent calendar, full of amazing Christmas themed recipes. You can open one each day and follow the recipes to make your very own Christmas in August meals. You will find the advent calendar here: The Stocking Fillers Christmas in August.