Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father Knows (the) Best (Burgers)

On Father's Day, we had a sumptuous lunch at Bistro Liaison in Berkeley, compliments of My Beloved's two daughters.  They also showered him with a funny greeting card, a new aloha shirt, and a pair of jams with fish swimming over them for our upcoming Hawaiian vacation, so he was feeling very loved and appreciated by the time dinner rolled around. 

I, too, like to spoil him just a little on days like this - after all, he is Cora's "father," in a way. But, having had such a big lunch, it didn't seem like a good idea to overeat twice in the same day, so I decided to make turkey burgers for dinner, without the bun.

Had I said to him "turkey burgers" before serving them, I'd have gotten a less-than-enthusiastic little moue of disappointment - he's more of a red meat kind of guy. But, I waited until he had taken his first bite to tell him, and he was agreeably surprised. These, to him, constituted a celebration dinner.

The secret is incorporating a rasher of crisped, chopped bacon and a mince of sautéed mushrooms into the half pound of ground turkey, forming patties, and frying them on low-medium heat just until the meat lost its pink, perhaps 8-10 minutes in all. When they came out of the pan, I added a tablespoon or two of water to swirl around in the pan, gathering the residual flavors into a sort of "au jus" that I poured over the burgers to add a little more moisture.

The burgers were juicy and rich tasting with only a minor amount of bacon in each one - he was actually surprised when I told him they were turkey burgers. A little steamed broccoli finished the plate and fulfilled my mother's stricture always to have something green.

Not only did My Beloved have a happy Father's Day dinner, his girl Cora loved the jus left on the plates.


Blogger nancy namaste said...

Sounds like a perfect Father's Day for a carnivore and his family ---and Cora too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013  
Blogger Diane said...

how delightful for your special man!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013  
Blogger Greg said...

Let them eat turkey! I now pronounce you the queen of broccoli ;)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, he seemed to enjoy it all.

Diane, yes, super special that his girls were so attentive, too!

Greg, we _do_ eat a lot of broccoli, so your pronouncement is very apt. Especially when broccoli comes in "crowns." :-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

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