• Chef Gina

Healthy Summer Themed Virtual Cooking Class..YUM!

This week I was fortunate enough to host another virtual cooking class. The menu theme was healthy quick burger and a summer salad. So I whipped up a Turkey burger and an heirloom tomato salad.

First thing I think of when making a turkey burger is that they usually come out dry..ugh. so I made sure I made a lemon- garlic & basil mayo that not only provides that necessary moisture to compensate for the cooked turkey. I also added an egg to the patty mixture to soften the cooked texture. I use a ring mold to measure my burger meat to not only make sure the size is consistent but to make certain that the patty is not to small for the bun after its cooked. Burger patties like to shrink. Gotta have a perfect burger to bun ratio am I right?

I love a toasted brioche bun. A healthy dollop of mayo... I'm a mayo person!

Top with crisp and crunchy sprouts shaved carrots and spinach. Slice some ripe Haas avocado. And dig in!

Next, I made the Heirloom tomato salad. I had some beauties. Sungold, Lucky Cross, Brandywine, Cherokee Chocolate. I like to slice half moons with one and I like to slice the big beauties on the equator. I prefer to showcase the lacy centers. A little red onion slivers.

To our surprise, we discovered a huge cucumber in my garden this morning. So I decided to add that to the salad too. I tossed everything together in a simple red wine vinegarette. Vinegar, EVOO, fresh garden herbs- thyme & oregano, sea salt and pepper. Came out delicious. Little secret....Later on in the day I made a toasted sourdough, mayo tomato sandwich with the salad. It was DELICIOUS!


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