Thursday, August 30, 2012

Turkey Patty Melts

I know this may sound un-American, but I've never been much for turkey, even on Thanksgiving (although I highly recommend deep frying a turkey, if only just for the sheer thrill of it). The only exceptions so far seem to be turkey meatballs and turkey patties (which, when it comes down to it, are basically smushed turkey meatballs). Add some cheese, caramelized onions and toasty rye bread and I'm enjoying turkey. (Cue patriotic music .) 

Yield: 4 servings

Caramelized Onions:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large, yellow onions, 1/4-inch slices
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

Turkey Patties:
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil

8 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices light rye
4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
yellow mustard, for serving

1.      Caramelized Onions: Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil, let the butter mel,t and then add in the onions and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then cover the pot and lower the heat to medium-low.
2.      Let the onions sweat, steam and soften for 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover the pan and let the onions cook for about an hour, checking on the onions frequently and stirring.
3.      Once the onions are fully caramelized, and a deep golden color, add the sherry and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the thyme, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
4.      Turkey Patties: In a large bowl, combine the turkey, ricotta, sage, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal patties and press them into 1/4-inch-thin rounds.
5.      Heat a cast-iron griddle pan to medium-high heat.
6.      Add the canola oil and sear the patties on the first side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until cooked through.
7.      For the sandwich build: Place a slice of Swiss cheese on each piece of bread, then a turkey burger, followed by about 1/4 cup caramelized onions. Place the top piece of bread on and then butter each side of the sandwich.
8.      Griddle each side over medium heat until golden, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If you have a metal bowl, cover the sandwiches so they steam a bit and the cheese will melt faster. Serve with good ol' yellow mustard.

from Jeff Mauro
raw onions
adding sherry to caramelized onions
adding thyme
turkey patty ingredients
raw turkey patties
cooking the turkey patties
cooked turkey patties
turkey patty on rye and swiss cheese
adding caramelized onions
buttering the bread

I did cover it with a metal bowl, but all the
photos came out with a hideous reflection
of me in them (and no, you can't see any).

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