Monday, September 3, 2012

Weeknight Dinner: Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!  We're thrilled that our hometown favorites, the NY Giants are kicking off the football season against division rival, the Dallas Cowboys.  If you are anything like, well, any member of my family, you will be glued to the TV in anticipation.

To celebrate, I wanted to feature one of my favorite recipes from this summer.  We used Ellie Krieger's recipes a lot this summer, mainly because she is so nutrition-conscious. Just because something is calorie-conscious doesn't always mean completely healthy though, and these cheeseburgers were sinfully delicious.  In fact, they definitely fooled John!  By using ground turkey, a smaller amount of meat and cheese, but stuffing it inside the burger, John felt like he was eating a downright delicious dish.  And why tell him any differently, right?

Wednesday night for dinner, I will be making some bean chili, sitting down on the couch in my Giants jersgey and ushering in the fall!  I've been pinning a host of recipes that I want to make for football and can't wait to share them with you!  First up, are some jalapeno poppers like I made a few years back.  My grandma, Awa, has never had jalapenos before - EVER.  John and I are going to enjoy introducing her to them!
Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers (adapted from Ellie Krieger)
Serves:  4
2 slices of bacon (we like reduced sodium)
1 pound ground turkey
4 teaspoons horseradish
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Cook the bacon on a cookie sheet for about 4-6 minutes, until done.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  Crumble the bacon.  In the meantime, divide the turkey into 8 small patties.  Spread 1 teaspoon horseradish on 4 of the patties.  Top those 4 patties evenly with cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles.  Top with a plain meat patty and pinch around the edges to seal the burger closed.  Season the burgers with salt and pepper. Preheat the grill and cook the burgers over medium-high heat, until the cheese is melted inside and the meat is cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).  Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup, if desired.

Until the next time my oven is on!

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