July 28, 2009

Cold Turkey

Last night we had a viewing of the season finale of the Bachelorette at Britt's house. Since all of our friends are training for the the Cajun Man Triathlon in September, I decided to go the healthy route and cook up some turkey burgers and baked sweet potato fries. You know me, only the best for our friends, and who knows better than the combination of Oprah and Donald Trump. Oprah found this new favorite food when she tried a turkey burger at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's private club in Palm Beach. "I believe [it] may be the best turkey burger in the entire world," she says. Those same words have escaped the lips of everyone who has eaten this burger, or as Amy from Good-Bye 20's...Hello Botox! put it "I am so sad that my burger is gone." People I would not steer you wrong - TRY IT!!!

Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger

1/4 cup onion tops
1/4 cup celery finely chopped
1/4 cup onions finely chopped
3 green apples, peeled and diced
1/8 cup canola oil
4 pounds ground turkey breast
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons chipotle Tabasco
1 lemon, juice and grated zest
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed

Saute onion tops, celery, onions and apples in the oil until tender. Set aside and let cool. Mix the turkey with sauteed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape the mixture into 8 burgers. A very important step here is to refrigerate the patties for a couple of hours so that the burgers become firm and do not fall apart. Place on grill and cook each side for about 10 minutes until the burger is thoroughly cooked. Serve with Mar-a-Lago pear chutney.


1 pear, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Major Grey's Chutney

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients above and bake for 10 minutes. Cool and serve with burgers.

Recipe adapted from Jeff O'Neill, executive chef, Mar-a-Lago Club

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