Turkey Cilantro Pine Nut Patties with Shiitake Mushrooms
At this time of the year, many supermarkets have specials on ground turkey. But honestly, it can be a bit of a bland meat on its own. I came up with this great recipe to add some flavor and texture. I still wanted to keep this meal light and healthy so I have omitted using any breadcrumbs which normally would make the patties easier to mold. The woody richness of the mushrooms complements the turkey perfectly adding a bit of substance to what could otherwise be a bland dish. And of course, if you are like my boys, you can omit the pine nuts altogether. Try different combinations like adding chopped spinach and sun dried tomatoes instead of the cilantro and pine nuts.
Quick Turkey Cilantro Pine Nut Patties with Shiitake Mushrooms
1 lb ground turkey meat – I used white but you can use either white or dark
2 tbsp of oil (I used sesame oil)
½ a red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 oz of pine nut kernels
50 g of chopped cilantro leaves (leave out the stalks)
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ lb of fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced (not too finely)
4 tablespoons of neutral oil like peanut or canola
Heat some oil in a skillet and fry the onion until it is transparent
Add the garlic and fry for another minute
Take off the heat and let the onions and garlic cool down
While the onion mixture is cooling, fry your sliced mushrooms until tender (don’t over cook)
Add the chopped cilantro, fried onion and garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper to the ground turkey
Shape the mixture into patties (size of your choice)
Heat some more oil in a fresh skillet and fry the patties for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until cooked through
Warm up your shiitake mushrooms
Serve the patties on a bed of salad and top with the mushrooms
You can add a ¼ cup of breadcrumbs to the ground turkey to add more cohesiveness to the patties.
These are also great cooked on the grill!
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