Tomatoes! I miss tomatoes. It’s been too long. Sometimes I wonder if they miss me, too. Maybe they check my Facebook and accidentally like an old status, then frantically unlike it before I find out.
I’ll just have to wait patiently for summer, for crates upon crates of ripe, juicy, flavorful tomatoes. We will be reunited, and it will be glorious.
In the meantime, say we’re craving the classic combination of tomatoes+basil+mozzarella. Say it’s spring, and we’re eager to start grilling again. Say we’re really excited about gorgeous strawberries this time of year. Say we’re open to making substitutions for tomatoes. Lo and behold… Look.
It’s red, and green, and white. It’s slightly sweet, fresh, with a slight balsamic touch. It’s not really a caprese salad, but it’s inspired by one, and it wants to be your dinner! Right now. Seriously.
Strawberries and balsamic are naturals together–it’s the putting them on your burger part that might be weird, and I understand… Let’s just do this one step at a time.
First, make soft, sweet, tangy balsamic berries… Nothing to see here, right? Just bubbly fruit. Your kitchen will smell good. Your porch, or other burger-grilling area, will smell good. This is a good situation for all your surroundings.
Next, we grill. This is the time of year we get to play with fire again–are you as excited as I am?
Cheese and basil and obviously raw poultry shouldn’t be here… Safety first. Well, photos first, safety next.
Everyone insists they have the “secret” to juicy turkey burgers… Mix in this, mix in that, etc. I say, WHATEVER. You’re not making meatloaf–salt and pepper will do. As far as keeping them juicy and delicious, really, in my humble opinion, all you have to do is watch them closely so they don’t overcook. When they’re no longer pink, poke their sides with your finger and see if they’re squishy… It’s okay to get invasive. Oh, and get thigh meat if you can.
Bun, basil, turkey, cheese, strawberries. Layer it on like it’s spring! Which it is!
P.S. I’m still in crazy work mode, you guys. ”Tub of cottage cheese for dinner and Airborne for breakfast because a sister just can’t slow down” crazy. And, not to be creepy, but I think about you all the time… More food and fun to come, sooner than later! Thanks much for your patience–you are the most stellar ever.
Strawberry Caprese Turkey Burgers
2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 lb ground turkey
Salt and pepper
2 slices fresh mozzarella
Small handful big basil leaves
2 burger buns
Cook 1 cup of the strawberries in a small saucepan over medium heat for 8 minutes or so, until the berries break down. Add the rest of the strawberries and continue cooking another 5 minutes or so, then remove from heat and set aside.
Season turkey with salt and pepper and form into 2 patties. Heat grill to medium-high heat and grill until no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes per side. Top with mozzarella during the last minute of cooking. Top bun with basil, your burger, some strawberry mixture, and go to town!
Serves 2, obviously.