A Little About Me

New York, New York
As a newly married woman, it has become my mission in life to learn how to cook. Gone are the days of picking up sushi and ordering curries. In order to jump-start my education, I enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education's Fine Cooking I course where I learned the basics, from roasting to boiling to mousse-making (ok, maybe not that basic)! I've attempted to replicate some recipes - somewhat successfully- and create a few of my own. This blog is for friends and foodies and is intended to document my cooking adventures (and occasional fiascoes). Enjoy the pictures and bon appetite!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Chicken Apple Burgers

Every year, when their apple orchard yields tons of tart crunchy apples, my in-laws host an apple fest at their East Hampton home. Every couple is responsible for creating one delicious dish that features apples as the key ingredient. Since we have some great bakers in the family, it's become a habit for me to always make savory dishes. This year was no different as I took on the challenge of making chicken apple burgers. Everyone was pretty impressed with the burgers which I topped with a sweet maple sauce, especially myself who ended eating three!

Burger Ingredients
1 lb ground chicken
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 large garlic cloves, diced
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper

Maple Sauce Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Start by dicing the apples, onion, celery and garlic. Remove the thyme leaves from their stems and chop finely. Cook all ingredients in a pan over medium heat with a tbsp of butter and a tbsp of olive oil until softened.

While the vegetables cool, make the creamy maple sauce to drizzle over the burgers by combining the mayo, mustard and maple syrup. This sauce might be one of the yummiest I've ever made... and so simple too!

When the vegetables have cooled, mix them with the ground chicken then add the maple syrup, egg and panko crumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Scoop into patties using 1/4 cup portions.

Heat a grill pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat and place the patties on the grill. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the patties are no longer raw in the middle.

Top patties with maple sauce and, if you have some left over ingredients, make an apple slaw by tossing together some sliced apples with a little bit of thyme, celery and onion! The slaw ingredients will tie in nicely with the burger's flavors! This meal is great for those who are lactose intolerant, just leave out the bit of butter and replace with some more olive oil!

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