Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"C" is for curry, cumin, coriander


The other night I was in the mood for burgers. Now, don't get me wrong I love a good burger from a restaurant, but sometimes it's way more fun to make my own. Why? I love to get creative with "not-so-typical" burger flavors.

Here's the recipes for one of my favorite burger creations and favorite side dish. Both recipes were inspired by ones in magazines, but of course I had put my own little twist on them.

Curry Burgers
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce,
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 minced medium onion, minced
  • 1 small habanero pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  2. Form into 4 burgers and cook (or grill) over medium heat until the burgers are cooked all the way through (about 6 minutes per side).
  3. Then they are ready to eat!

Alternate Idea: I prefer to eat these patties on their own - no bread. But another great alternative is to serve the patties in lettuce or cabbage leaves.

Cumin Carrot Fries
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, cut into sticks
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place carrot sticks onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. Add the extra virgin olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss the carrot sticks to make sure everything is nicely coated with the olive oil and spices.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes. Occasionally mix the "fries" around to ensure they cook evenly.
  6. When the "fries" are done sprinkle on a pinch more salt and serve.
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