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Hello, and welcome to Asian Caucasian! Our healthy food blog was born out of a combined passion for home-cooked, Asian-inspired cuisine. We always cook with market-fresh ingredients and prepare simplistic, healthy Asian recipes so you can throw away those take-out menus! Come share our culinary love of beautiful Asian-fusion food, and get cooking in the kitchen.

Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Aioli

Thai turkey burgers

Main, Poultry | September 18, 2017 | By

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Simply can’t let go of summer? Light up your BBQ and get grillin’ with these juicy Thai Turkey Burgers! They couldn’t be easier to make, and they are filled with such awesome Asian flavors. The secret ingredient is the Thai mixture with fresh cilantro and mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, and spicy jalapeño peppers. Fold it into your ground turkey to make the juiciest of burgers. Then top it all off with a slightly spicy aioli sauce and lots of other yummy toppings that will make the perfect burger bite! Of course, you need a cold brewsky to go with. It’s football season after all! 

Thai turkey burgersJuicy Thai Turkey Burgers are what’s cookin’ on the grill for your next football party!

easy Thai sauceThe turkey burger’s flavor is in the Thai mixture with fresh cilantro, mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, and spicy jalapeño peppers.

Thai turkey burgersThe aioli sauce is oozing with spicy goodness from the sambal oelek (red chili paste). Top your Thai turkey burger with your favorites like avocado slices, shredded lettuce, and jalapeño peppers!

Thai turkey burgersYou’ll go for seconds (maybe thirds!) with this Thai Turkey Burger recipe. Fire up the grill for this dish even when it’s cold outside!

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Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Aioli
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • For the Thai mixture:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (stems included)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablepspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • For the Aioli:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon sambal oelek
  • Juice from half a lime
  • For the toppings:
  • 4 large buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices
Instructions
  1. Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a small food processor add the cilantro, mint, shallots, ginger, carrots, jalapeño pepper, fish sauce, and a pinch of ground pepper. Pulse until very finely chopped. Add the mixture to the mixing bowl and knead the mixture into the turkey until thoroughly combined. Form burger patties and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle patties with extra ground pepper.
  2. To make the aioli: Add the mayonnaise, sambal oelek, and lime juice into a small mixing bowl and whisk until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Heat a grill over medium-high heat and grill the burgers until just cooked through, about 10 minutes, turning once.
  4. To assemble: Place a large dollop of aioli sauce on top of the burger, then top with lettuce, jalapeño peppers, slices of avocado, and red onions. Serve with chips or your favorite salad!
Notes
Adapted from: Food & Wine

If you liked this recipe, try our White Fish Cakes with Sriracha

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Instant Pot Korean-Inspired Pulled Pork

Korean pulled pork

Meat | September 11, 2017 | By

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Ninety minutes to make a fantastic Korean dish? Heck, yeah! This Korean-inspired pulled pork recipe is a sticky, slightly spicy, flavorful take on pulled pork, made fast in your Instant Pot pressure cooker! We borrowed this recipe from Lane Patten with the awesome food blog, With Two Spoons. You can just smell the aromas wafting through your kitchen from the wonderful Korean flavors like gochujang sauce, garlic and ginger, sesame oil, and other seasonings. Lane uses boneless pork shoulder that literally falls apart once cooked in the slow cooker. Top it with a poached egg, so pretty! Makes a quick meal for those busy weeks now that school’s back in session! Enjoy, and thank you Lane!

Korean Pulled PorkThe pork shoulder literally falls apart once cooked in the pressure cooker! So tender and flavorful, serve this dish over sticky rice for the perfect and quick meal for your family.

Korean Pulled PorkA poached egg is so pretty on top of this delicious Korean-inspired pulled pork recipe. Everything tastes good with an egg on top!

Korean pulled porkOne bite of this tender Korean pulled pork and you’ll go for seconds, and thirds!

[Photo credits: Lane Patten/With Two Spoons]

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Pressure Cooker Korean-Inspired Pulled Pork
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup gochujang sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • Rice for serving
  • Optional garnishes: sliced green onions, lime zest, sesame seeds, peanuts, poached egg
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine garlic, water, soy sauce, gochujang sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime zest, lime juice and grated ginger to make a sauce. Press sauté button on the Instant Pot. Place pork into the Instant Pot and sear, turning pork every 2 minutes. Pour sauce over the pork in the Instant Pot. Press the manual button on the Instant Pot. Adjust time to 45 minutes. Press the start button and the Instant Pot will start coming to pressure (Will take approximately 10 minutes to get to pressure, and then will start a count down).
  2. When the Instant Pot beeps (after the 45 minutes have counted down), allow natural pressure release (this will go faster if you turn the Instant Pot off, but this is not necessary). Natural pressure release will take approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Remove pork from the Instant pot and pull with two forks. Add a few tablespoons of sauce to keep pork moist. Press sauté button on Instant Pot. Reduce the sauce to desired thickness (I prefer my sauce thin so it soaks into the rice, but if you prefer your sauce thicker, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry, and then add to sauce while reducing.) Serve pork over rice and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with options listed above!
Notes
This recipe is from With Two Spoons: https://withtwospoons.com/instant-pot-korean-inspired-pulled-pork/

If you liked this recipe, try our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich (Bánh Mì):

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Asian-Spiced Roasted Rainbow Carrots

roasted rainbow carrots

Sides | September 4, 2017 | By

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Looking forward to the fall harvest and feeling the love for these colorful carrots! Here’s a beautiful side dish that screams “autumn” and pairs with everything! Our Asian-Spiced Roasted Rainbow Carrots pop with color, are so flavorful and roast easily in your oven. The sauce is sweet and spicy, a combination of soy sauce, sambal oelek (red chili paste), maple syrup, sesame oil, and lime. Actually, this sauce can be used as a marinade for your protein also — chicken, shrimp, fish — endless possibilities! These gorgeous carrots came from Trader Joe’s (our fave!) already bunched with color. Let’s not forget the nutritional benefits of this crunchy power food like beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. And your mama was right when she said, “Eat your carrots — they’re good for your eyes!” 

roasted rainbow carrotsHave you ever seen anything so beautiful? These colorful carrots are so easy to cook, and taste delish roasted with our Asian sauce!

rainbow carrotsThe fall harvest is here! You can pick up a package of rainbow carrots at Trader Joe’s or at your local farmer’s market.

roasted rainbow carrotsEat your veggies! Your mama was right about the benefits of eating carrots — they’re good for your eyes (and lots of other stuff too!).

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Asian-Spiced Roasted Rainbow Carrots
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 30 small mutli-colored carrots, tops trimmed, scrubbed and peeled
  • For the sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Juice from one lime
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, lay out the carrots in a single layer. Place all ingredients from the sauce in a mixing bowl and whisk together thoroughly. Spoon ¾ of the sauce over the carrots and coat well using your hands or tongs. Roast in oven for 45 minutes. Half-way through roasting, spoon more sauce over the carrots. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro when ready to serve.

 If you liked this recipe, try our Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts

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