You may be asking why this blog is called "The Lunchbox Tree." I was raised by a family whose memories were made in the kitchen and at the table. One of my favorite stories came from "Ozma of Oz," by L. Frank Baum:
"...the little girl came upon two trees that promised to furnish her with plenty of food. One was quite full of square paper boxes, which grew in clusters on all the limbs, and upon the biggest and ripest boxes the word 'Lunch' could be read, in neat raised letters.... Inside she found, nicely wrapped in white papers, a ham sandwich, a piece of sponge-cake, a pickle, slice of new cheese and an apple."
This scene inspired me to begin a lifetime affair with all things food; and I hope that my recipes inspire you to enjoy making and eating all sorts of delightful things.
Tweets from The Lunchbox Tree
Friday, January 20, 2012
Turkey Bratwurst Burgers
Pardon my nearly two-month long absence. My "day job" in Human Resources (No, I will not hire you. I don't work in staffing; I deal with reporting and number crunching.) is always maddeningly busy as one year ends and another begins. Using dual monitors and living with my eyes glued to databases, oftentimes the last thing I want to do when I come home is turn on another screen. Things will change when spring rolls around the year-end projects aren't needed, like, yesterday - but for now, I might be blogging a bit less frequently.
But this is one recipe I felt that I needed to share. I found this recipe for Turkey Bratwurst patties on Cooking Light last fall, and gave it a try. With a bit of tweaking (we thought it needed considerably more spice), it's become one of the recipes my husband almost always requests when we have ground turkey in the fridge. The original recipe suggests serving the patties on homemade brown beer rye bread, but hamburger buns with a smear of spicy brown mustard work well for a quick weeknight dinner.
Once my eyes recover from staring at pixels all day, I hope to make an expeditious return to share my favorite recipes - I've got quite a backlog of photos and notes to share! Until then, best wishes for a wonderful new year.
20 oz. lean ground turkey
1 1/2 t. kosher salt
1 t. freshly ground black pepper
A pinch (about 1/8 t.) cayenne pepper
1/2 t. sugar
3/4 t. t. ground coriander
1/2 t. rubbed sage
A pinch (1/8 t.) ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground ginger
2 t. half & half
1 T. olive oil
4 hamburger buns
Spicy brown mustard, for serving
In a large bowl, lightly break up the ground turkey. Add all other ingredients except olive oil to the turkey, and mix well. Shape the mix into 4 patties. Add olive oil to large skillet and turn heat to medium-high until oil shimmers. Add the patties to the pan and cook 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, lightly toast the hamburger buns in toaster oven or broiler. When patties have finished, place on buns and top with spicy brown mustard.