Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turkey Parm Sandwiches


This daylight savings situation is really cramping my good photography style. I have increasingly started serving dinner earlier and earlier, hoping that my boyfriend won't notice. But now he's probably reading this, so my plan is screwed. Actually, he is really sweet and before he digs in to almost any meal, he will pause and ask, "did you get some good pics?". Sometimes the answer is yes, but as it gets darker and darker, earlier and earlier, it's getting harder and harder to get a good shot. Luckily I am off weekdays from work this month, so you better believe I'll be taking advantage of the sun and it's magical photo powers. But I can't complain too much since Arizona doesn't participate in this time-change non-sense. I also can't complain about these turkey parm sandwiches. We love chicken parm in this house; see here and here. But this time, I threw a curve ball into the mix and turned your classic turkey burger into Italian royalty. 

Turkey Parm Sandwiches

Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, separated
  • 3 tsp. freshly chopped basil, separated
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 thick slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 burger buns, halved & slightly toasted
  • 2 lettuce leaves

In a medium bowl, mix together the turkey, 2 tbsp. marinara, 1 1/2 tsp. basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Form 2 burger patties and set aside.

Now you will make an assembly line for coating the burgers. Take 3 shallow bowls and in the 1st bowl, put the flour, the other 1 1/2 tsp. basil, salt and pepper. In the 2nd bowl, whisk together the egg and the water. In the 3rd bowl goes the bread crumbs.

Preheat a large skillet or grill pan to medium high- heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray or pour a little bit of olive oil.

Coat the burgers one patty at a time. First in the flour, then the egg, and then finally the bread crumbs. Once coated, place onto the hot skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes before flipping to the other side. Cook for another 3 minutes. In the last minute of cooking time, place a slice of the mozzarella cheese on top of the burgers and top with  the remaining marinara sauce.

To serve, place lettuce on the bottom of the toasted bun. Top with the turkey parm patties and the bun top.

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