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Monday, August 25, 2008

BLT Turkey Burger Clubs

This is a Rachael Ray recipe. I used buns instead of the toasted bread because I had buns to use up. We also made them normal-sized and got 4 servings.

* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
* 5 slices smoky bacon
* 1 small leek
* 3/4 lb ground turkey breast
* 1 tablespoon McCormick's Montreal Brand steak seasoning
* 6-8 soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
* 1 vine-ripe tomato, thinly sliced
* salt
* 6 slices white bread
* 1/2 cup soft cheese spread with herbs (such as Alouette or Boursin)
* 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
* black pepper
* 4 lettuce leaves (green leaf or bibb)


1. Heat a nonstick skillet with a drizzle of oil over medium to med-high heat.
2. Chop one slice of bacon and add it to the pan.
3. While the bacon cooks, trim the tough green tops from the leek; halve the leek lengthwise, and thinly slice it into half-moons.
4. Place the slices in a colander and rinse vigorously with running water, separating the layers to release the grit.
5. Dry the leeks on a clean kitchen towel; and add them to the browned chopped bacon.
6. Wilt the leeks for 2-3 minutes; then transfer them and the bacon pieces to a plate to cool.
7. Return skillet to stove over low heat; add in 2 tablespoons oil.
8. Put turkey in a bowl; add in grill seasoning, sun-dried tomatoes, and cooled-to-handle leeks and bacon; mix well.
9. Form mixture into 2 very large patties no thicker than 1 inch (the patties will hang just off the sides of the bread once cooked).
10. Increase heat under oil; add in the patties; cook for 6 minutes on each side.
11. Heat a second skillet over med-high heat; add in the remaining bacon slices; cook bacon until crisp; transfer to paper-towel lined plate to drain.
12. Season sliced tomatoes with salt.
13. Place the sliced bread under the broiler; toast for 1 minute on each side.
14. In a food processor, combine the herbed cheese, cream, and pepper.
15. Build sandwiches: toasted bread slice, burger patty, herbed cheese sauce, bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, herbed cheese sauce, and bread.


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