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Club Burger Sliders with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

June 2010
Club Burger Sliders with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

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Give the BLT a new spin with bacon-stuffed turkey sliders.

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) or vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or ground turkey breast
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning (a couple of generous palmfuls)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 hass avocado
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • A small handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
  • A smal handful of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • A small handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 16 slices good-quality white or whole wheat bread
  • Bibb or butter lettuce leaves, for serving
  • 2 plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill or griddle pan to medium high. Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of EVOO and the bacon to the pan and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels to cool, then chop.
  2. While the bacon cooks, place the turkey in a large bowl. Grate the onion on top of the turkey to get 3 to 4 tablespoons onion juice. Add the hot sauce, poultry seasoning, salt and lots of pepper. Add the cooked bacon, mix and form 8 slider patties, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide. Drizzle with EVOO to coat lightly. Cook on the grill or griddle, turning once, until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. While the sliders cook, preheat the broiler. Place the avocado in a food processor. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, chives, dill and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Process into a smooth, thick sauce.
  4. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds of bread (or trim 1 inch of crust all the way around the bread slices to form small squares); discard the crusts. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler. Serve the bacon-turkey sliders with the lettuce, tomatoes and avocado-ranch sauce between the toasts.