I had some people over today for dinner and I finally broke in the new kitchen. Turns out I have all sorts of fancy shmancy appliances that I hardly know how to work. My oven can be a convection oven, and other than baking really crispy tator tots and turkeys really quickly (I think), I’m sort of at a loss of what to use the convection option for. Anyone have any suggestions?
Since I hadn’t cooked in a while, I went a little overboard. The main course was Asian turkey burgers. They’re super simple. It’s basically just ground turkey mixed with some minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and scallions. We grilled them and they were awesome. Flavorful and juicy. I give as much credit to our Grill Master for doing such a good job.
To start off, I made a simple Caesar salad. It was basically just romaine lettuce with some Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, and homemade croutons. Homemade croutons are also a cinch. I took some old French bread and cut it into cubes. Then in a large sauté pan, I heated up some olive oil and garlic. The bread chunks were added to the pan until it was nice and hot and they were coated with oil. I then put them into a 350° oven for about 15 minutes until they were toasty brown.
On the side we had some roasted asparagus and kale chips. I got our BBQ lovin’, vegetable shunnin’ mechanical tech to try the kale chips and he loved them! I count this as a win! How could you not love kale chips though? A little olive oil, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes baked in the oven for 25-30 minutes…amazing. And addictive!
For dessert we had strawberry shortcake, which I sadly forgot to photograph. It’s especially sad because it was so pretty.
Now I’m off to bed. I have to be up in less than 4 hours to catch an early flight up to MA!