Thursday, June 30, 2011

Turkey Sliders with Cilantro Pesto

 Most people either love cilantro (like we do) or hate it. If you are a cilantro hater this recipe is not for you! This week I happened upon an extra bunch of cilantro. That, combined with the half used bunch already in my produce drawer needed to be used up quickly. Tonight I decided to make a cilantro pesto and then I mixed it into and smeared it onto some delicious mini turkey burgers.

Cilantro Pesto

2 c. packed cilantro leaves (cleaned and trimmed of long stems)
1 clove garlic
¼ c. chopped onion
¼ c. sliced almonds (optional)
¼ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. honey
3-4 tbsp. olive oil

In a food processor combine cilantro, garlic, onion, almonds, cayenne, and salt and pulse to combine. Add vinegar, lime juice, and honey. Run food processor and stream in olive oil until combined. Refrigerate pesto and use within 1-2 days. *extra pesto can be frozen for later use*

TurkeySliders with Cilantro Pesto
(serves 4-6)

1 lbground turkey
salt & pepper
¼ c. finely diced red onion (optional)
4 T. prepared cilantro pesto plus additional for topping
1 package of 12 small dinner rolls (we like Kings Hawaiian)
Monterey or Pepper Jack Cheese
slices of tomato cut in halves.

Preheat grill.

Combine ground turkey with about 4 tablespoons of prepared pesto and diced onion. Add desired amount of salt and pepper.

Divide meat into 12 equal portions and shape into small patties. Place burgers on grill and cook until done (be careful, patties this small will cook quickly!)

Assemble sliders by topping each patty with cheese and about 1 teaspoon of pesto. Smear the top bun with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce and tomato. Avocado would also be delicious on these!

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