Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Aioli

Thai turkey burgers

Main, Poultry | September 18, 2017 | By

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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Gluten-Free Sesame Crusted Tuna with Asian Noodles

sesame crusted tuna

Main, Seafood | August 28, 2017 | By

So, I got the inspiration for this dish while watching “The F Word” on my treadmill (it’s a really fun cooking show)!  Gordon Ramsay makes a version of this yummy Sesame Crusted Tuna dish that made my mouth water! (Seriously, I was drooling a little!) I really wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s super simple, but full of fabulous flavor. Don’t be intimidated about searing a beautiful piece of tuna steak. It cooks so quickly and perfectly that it’s hard to mess up. The preferred doneness is very pink in the middle, but if you’re skittish about it being slightly seared, just sear it a bit more on each side. And the good news is that it’s gluten-free, made with rice noodles and gluten-free soy sauce for all of you gluten-free foodies. The presentation of this dish is everything, so please snap a picture of this dish when you make it and post it on our Facebook page. Are you drooling yet?

sesame crusted tunaTastes as good as it looks, this gorgeous Sesame Crusted Tuna is delicately placed over a bed of Asian-flavored rice noodles with chopped bell peppers, scallions and herbs.

sesame seedsLayer the bottom of a shallow dish with white and black sesame seeds.

tuna steaksSushi-grade tuna steaks are so easy to prep. Brush them with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

sesame crusted tunaDredge the tuna steaks in the white and black sesame mixture. Get ready to sear!

sesame crusted tunaThe finished product is absolutely stunning! Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top and finish off with a dollop of wakame seaweed salad. This dish is a winner!

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Gluten-Free Sesame Crusted Tuna with Noodles
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup white sesame seeds
  • ½ cup black sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 (8-ounce) sushi-grade tuna steaks
  • Salt & pepper
  • For the noodles:
  • ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons yuzu juice, or juice from 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. vermicelli rice noodles
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly chopped on the bias
  • Store-bought wakame (seaweed salad) for garnish
  • Black sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare the tuna: Spread the white and black sesame seeds on the bottom of a shallow dish. Pat the tuna steaks with paper towels to dry. Brush each tuna steak with 1 tablespoon canola oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge each piece in the sesame seeds to thoroughly coat.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat with remaining canola oil until oil starts to wave. Cook the tuna steaks on both sides for approximately 1 minute until golden brown. Remove from the pan and let rest on a cutting board. When at room temperature, slice the tuna on the bias into about ½ thick slices.
  3. For the noodles: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, yuzu juice, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook approximately 4-5 minutes until al-dente. Rinse the noodles under cold water in a strainer. Place the noodles in a large mixing bowl and add the sauce, bell peppers, cilantro, mint, and scallions. Mix together well.
  5. To plate: Place a nice portion of the noodles mixture on the bottom of a shallow bowl or plate. Top with slices of tuna, sprinkle black sesame seeds and a dollop of wakame on top.
Notes
Adapted from: Chef Gordon Ramsay's Sesame Crusted Tuna recipe. You can find wakame seaweed salad at the sushi counter at your local grocery store. Sushi-grade tuna is sold at select grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

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Simple Asian Lobster Rolls

Asian Lobster Rolls

There’s nothing that says summer like melt-in-your-mouth Lobster Rolls! They remind me of my many trips to New England where one must indulge in fresh Maine lobster rolls! So, here’s our take on an Asian-inspired version using Chinese steamed buns (a.k.a. “Bao”) instead of the standard hot dog bun. This recipe couldn’t be easier! We used cooked lobster for a short cut (Whole Foods will steam the lobster for you!), but you can buy it frozen or cook the lobster yourself. We also cheated a little by using Pillsbury Grands, which is available at your local grocery store, and steamed them in a bamboo steamer. Easier than making these steamed buns from scratch! Serve with a side salad of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw and chips for a perfect summer picnic! (If you like this recipe, try our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Bánh Mì sandwich!)

Asian Lobster RollsSucculent and sweet, these Asian-inspired lobster rolls will remind you of a balmy summer’s day in New England!

bamboo steamerSteam the buns in a bamboo steamer for perfect Chinese “bao” buns!

steamed bunsThe buns will puff up when steamed. Then fill them with the lobster salad mixture!
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Simple Asian Lobster Rolls
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ pounds cooked, shelled lobster meat, cubed
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only)
  • Zest from ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
Instructions
  1. To make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sambal oelek and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine lobster, celery, red onion, green onion, lemongrass, lime zest, and cilantro. Fold in the aioli mixture. Set aside.
  3. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. With fingers, flatten each into rounds about ½ inch thick. Fold over to form half-moon shape; place in steamer or bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Set steamer on top of wok or saucepan with boiling water. Steam 10 minutes; cool completely.
  4. Cut buns in half, but not completely through, to form a pocket. Stuff buns with lobster salad mixture and serve immediately on a platter. Serve with a side of potato chips or your favorite side, like Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw!
Notes
You can use frozen or fresh lobster for this dish. I had Whole Foods steam the lobster for me. Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.

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