Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw

Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to EatLast weekend was my SEVENTH year running Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage, and I have a serious case of the post-Ragnar blues.
I ran around 15.5 miles! My final leg was just under 7 miles, all hills, and I almost stepped on a snake! We jammed out hard to some 2AM Celine Dion, had a few epic dance parties and costume changes, mastered the art of glow-stick dancing (ahem, raving?), and wondered how that one team next to us at the brewery managed to run after consuming so many burgers and beers. And extra sides of ranch. Also, this year, a few other teams copied our name! We’ve been Chafin’ the Dream since 2009, so it was annoying to see other folks stealing our swagger. Imitation…something to do flattery…blah blah… Nope, get outta here with that. #theoriginalchafers
Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Anyway. I feel like I've been super MIA on the blog this summer, but I just haven't been cooking much. Instead I've been running, swimming, gardening, eating popsicles, seeing Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind (!!!) with my girlfriends, and binge watching Sopranos. These sliders are maybe the only dinner I've actually cooked in the month of July!
Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Turkey sliders! The patties are Asian-inspired with fun flavors like ginger and lime, which goes great with the sesame-peanut slaw! I actually liked them wrapped in lettuce even more than with a bun, and that's surprising, because this girl loves big buns, hun. 
Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw 
Makes 10-12 small sliders

Peanut Slaw
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 squirt of Sriracha
Half a head green cabbage, sliced thin (and diced, if desired)
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 handful peanuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, Whisk together mayo, lime juice, peanut butter, sesame oil, and sriracha. Add cabbage, green onions, and cilantro. Toss until coated. Add salt and pepper to taste, and toss in peanuts and sesame seeds just before serving. 

Sliders
1 pound ground turkey
1 inch chunk of ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated or minced
1 Green onion, sliced thin
Zest from 1 small lime + splash of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
Panko bread crumbs
Salt & pepper

Mix turkey, ginger, garlic, onion, lime zest and juice, and soy sauce together (with your hands), until combined. If the mixture seems too wet and loose, add a bit of panko to bind it. Separate into about 10-12 small slider-sized patties, and salt & pepper both sides of each patty. Chill for at least 30 minutes so they firm up a bit. 

Heat grill, brush with oil, and grill patties until charred on the outside and cooked through. 

Serve on slider buns or in lettuce cups, with peanut slaw and extra sriracha! Also, not pictured but a great addition: avocado!
Ginger Lime Turkey Sliders with Peanut Slaw // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
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