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Playing Chicken or Turkey Burgers with Caesar Pesto


For the Caesar Pesto
  • 1 cup packed dark leafy romaine leaves, stemmed and coarsely chopped, plus 4 leaves for topping
  • 1 round teaspoon anchovy paste
  • A generous handful grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 large clove of garlic, grated or pasted
  • Coarse black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Burgers
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey, white or dark meat, or a blend
  • Salt and coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or pasted
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander, half a palmful
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 ciabatta or other crusty rolls, split and toasted
  • 1 cup Romano cheese, shredded
  • Pepper


Serves: 4




Preheat a broiler.



For pesto, combine all ingredients except EVOO in food processor. Add about 1/4 cup EVOO and pulse into thick sauce. Stream in a few extra tablespoons of EVOO, if necessary. Transfer pesto to serving bowl, reserve at room temperature.



For the burgers, mix meat with salt, pepper, Worcestershire, garlic, coriander, poultry seasoning. Form 4 patties. In a skillet, heat EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Cook patties 12 minutes total, turning once.



In a small saucepot, melt butter with garlic. Brush garlic butter over toasted buns and top with cheese and pepper. Broil until golden and cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes.



Serve patties on rolls slathered with pesto and top with lettuce leaf.