Friday, March 13, 2009

midweek dericiousness

(sorry, kids...i've been slacking on the blogging. i know, i know. i'll be better, i promise!)

i was very disappointed to learn that there was no new lost this past week, but this was NO reason to not have a delicious midweek meal. jim was coming over for dinner, so it of course had to be something uber healthy. kiran was eating too, though, so it had to be something deceptively healthy. my solution?

turkey burger paninis & grilled asparagus
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 lb ground turkey (i used 99% lean for jimbo)
1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 whole garlic loaf (or any loaf of bread), sliced into 16 slices
8 slices muenster cheese, each slice cut in half
1 bunch asparagus
4 tbsp olive oil
nonstick spray
1 lemon

put 2 tbsp of olive oil in a saute pan over medium low heat. warm the oil for a minute, then place the onion in the pan. sweat them and toss around in the pan occasionally until all the slices are covered in the oil, then pop a tightly fitting lid on it and lower the flame. allow it to caramelize while preparing the turkey meat, checking on it occasionally and stirring. when the onions are soft and a light brownish color (about 15 minutes), add the balsamic vinegar and pepper to taste and stir into the onions. set aside.

preheat a grill pan over a medium high flame. combine the turkey meat, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, dijon mustard, and some salt & pepper. score the meat with your hand into 4 equal sections, then divide each section into 2 for 8 small patties. spray your grill pan with nonstick spray. form each patty to fit the shape of your sliced loaf and place on the grill. since they are small, they will only take about 2 minutes per side. in the meantime, set up an assembly line with your slices of bread, cheese on each piece and caramelized onion on each sandwich. once the turkey patties are cooked through, your assembly should look like this:

1/2 slice muenster cheese
caramelized onion
turkey patty
1/2 slice muenster cheese

use one side of the grill pan to grill and press the sandwiches to melt the cheese and toast the bread while you prepare the asparagus on the other side (or use a panini press and use the grill for the asparagus). the bread should have nice grill marks on both sides and the cheese should be slightly melty to bind the whole sandwich together.

while you're grilling the sandwiches, prepare the asparagus. toss with the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper and throw them on the grill for about 5-6 minutes while you grill the sandwiches on one half. when they're done grilling, squeeze the lemon juice on top and there you go...the perfect side dish to a healthy sandwich!


  1. Man these were so delicious. I would have eaten the whole plate if it weren't for that meddling Kiran.

  2. whatever Jim, you don't eat cheese and that panini had cheese in it. I just didn't want you to see the cheese, get scared, run into the corner and start crying uncontrollably. So I did you a favor.