Thursday, April 9, 2009

Party Food: Turkey Sliders and Homemade French Fries

This post comes from my friend, John, another old friend from high school (Props to Motown. So many recipes on this site have come from my childhood friends!). I think this post brings up a good point. That not all meals have to come from written recipes. John tells me that the idea for this meal just "formulated on the Metro on the way to the grocery store last night." Fortunately, I was able to have him jot down the basics so I could share it with all of you. I share the recipe in John's words - because for party food, who needs a formal recipe? Just have fun with it!

Homemade French Fries

Idaho potatoes (1 potato equals 1 serving)
vegetable oil for frying
cayenne pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
salt, to taste
cajun seasoning, to taste

Take a bunch of Idaho potatoes. Chop them into fry-like shapes (I can’t remember what you actually call that shape – finger shaped?) with skins on. Fry them in a skillet filled with vegetable oil until all sides are golden-brown (don’t forget to turn them!). Once cooked, drop them in a bowl of paper towels to drain the oil, then top with cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and cajun seasoning to taste.

Mini Turkey Burgers/ Sliders

1 lb ground turkey
salt/ pepper to taste
Bone Suckin' barbecue sauce
1/4 - 1/3 cup bread crumbs

Take your ground turkey, add an egg, salt/pepper, some Bone Suckin’ barbecue sauce for flavor, and probably like ¼-1/3 cup of bread crumbs, hand blend, then stick in the fridge for a half hour-ish. Throw them on the grill, flip them only once. Top with Irish cheddar and bacon. For the buns, use one of those 25-30 minute Pillsbury Italian bread loafs, cut it into a sufficient number of pieces. Throw on some tomatoes, lettuce, and onion, and enjoy! (Makes 8 mini burgers)

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