I cannot even believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks away. This fall has absolutely flown by! Ever since the wedding the past few months have been such a blur. But, I am sooo excited to be graduting from Penn State in a little over a month and am ready to FINALLY be gainfullied employeed. These next couple weeks are going be even crazier though as I have been applying for jobs like a crazy person, trying to wrap up the end of the semester with way to many things to do, and then also trying to find a new home in Fort Wayne, IN. It might be a little hectic, but I am so excited and ready for the next chapter of my life.
With that out of the way lets talk about these monster sliders! With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to make something that was a little different. Sure this might not be your traditonal Turkey Day item, but I guarantee you it tastes like an entire turkey day feast in sandwich form. They Feature Bacon-Sage Turkey Burgers, Pumpkin-Chipotle Aioli, Cranberry Relish, and Stuffing Waffles. So unbutton your pants, kick back the recliner and woof down one of these Turkey Day Sliders!
Bacon-Sage Turkey Burger Ingredients:
· 2 Tbsp sage, finely chopped
· ½ tsp salt, more to taste
· 1 lbs ground turkey
· 4 slices bacon, pureed
· Ground black pepper to taste
Pumpkin-Chipotle Aioli Ingredients:
· ½ cup mayonnaise
· 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree
· 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
· 1.5 tsp apple sider
· 1 chipotle in adobo
· Salt and pepper to taste
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 cup water
· 12 oz frozen cranberries
· 1 tsp orange zest
· 2/3 cup butter
· 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
· 1 cup celery, finely chopped
· 10 cups soft white bread cubes, ½”
· 1 cups fresh parsley, chopped
· 1/2 tsp pepper
· 2 tsp salt
· 1 tsp poultry seasoning
· 2 egg, well beaten
· 1/2 cup chicken broth
For the turkey burgers: Combine all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and gently but thoroughly combine. Form into 6 - 3 ½” wide patties. Place in refrigerator until you are ready to grill.
For Pumpkin-Chiptole Aioli: Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth, adjust seasoning as needed.
For Cranberry Relish: Combine sugar and water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and orange zest and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers.
For Stuffing Waffles: Heat butter in a large skillet. Add onion and celery, sauté gently until soft. In a large mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients with sautéed vegetables. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions. Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat. When heated spray waffle iron with cooking spray and then add stuffing mixture. Cook until golden brown, about 5 min. Cut into quarters, these will serve as the “bun”
To Complete Sliders: Grill turkey burgers over medium high heat until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove from grill. Top waffle quarters with cranberry relish, then add your turkey burger, drizzle with aioli, then top off with final waffle quarter. Makes 6 sliders total.