There is something about creating a home-cooked meal that is so much more rewarding than eating out at a restaurant.
Now I know that some of you are thinking, “Yes, but there are so many more dishes for me to do than when we eat out.” I agree, but there also isn’t the large bill delivered at the end of the meal and I certainly don’t remember mama ever being tipped by anyone. Maybe I should look into that?
Since I do enjoy being in the kitchen so much, I love to find fun new tools that help to make my life easier when cooking. I went shopping yesterday and just look who I ran into in the store!
I had heard that the new Gordon Ramsay Everyday Collection would be hitting Kmart stores on Sunday, so I went to check it out.
At the Cheap Sally Party this year at BlogHer, a flash drive was handed out with several exclusive recipes from Gordon Ramsay. I had one of those, so I checked it out before heading shopping. I found a recipe for Turkey Porcini Sliders that I thought the kids would enjoy eating.
There was another recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes that sounded delicious. I almost made those for dinner instead. If you received the flash drive, I highly recommend checking it out.
Here is the recipe I made tonight in case you would like to make it at home.
TURKEY & PORCINI SLIDERS WITH CRANBERRY & GOAT CHEESE
Makes 8 sliders
16 oz ground turkey meat, preferably dark meat
.5 oz dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrated in white wine or water
1-2 Tbsp cooking oil, preferably canola or grapeseed
1 large shallot, small dice
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 ½ Tbsp fresh sage leaves, about 10-15 finely chopped leaves
1 tsp sweet paprika
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp fine sea salt
fresh cracked pepper, to taste
8 mini-burger buns, brioche or seeded
8 small leaves of butter leaf lettuce
Crumbled goat cheese
Prepared Cranberry sauce
Whole Grain Mustard (optional)
Soak porcini mushrooms in room temperature white wine or warm water until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove mushrooms, squeeze out excess moisture and chop into small bits.
Preheat a small frying pan over medium low heat. Add cooking oil to heat through. Sauté shallots until tender and translucent. Add chopped up porcini mushrooms and sauté about 3 minutes. Add garlic, sage & paprika and sauté about one minute more. In a medium mixing bowl, combine mushroom mixture with turkey meat. Season with salt and pepper and moisten with the olive oil. Continue to stir until well combined.
I picked up a couple of pieces from the new Gordon Ramsay Everyday Collection. I purchased the 3 qt. Saucepan with Steamer and the Personal Blender.
I selected the 3 qt. Saucepan with Steamer because I am trying to incorporate healthier foods into our diets. I figured I could use it to steam some wonderful side dishes. Tonight we used it to cook Edamame because we all love it.The personal blender is a must have tool for anyone who enjoys cooking. It will be used almost daily in my kitchen. It will be perfect for pureeing vegetables that I can then hide in spaghetti sauces, etc. It also has a great personal mug with a flip top that is my favorite.
I was very excited when I got home and was able to try out my new saucepan with steamer. Tonight I am going to break out my personal blender and create something as well.
They are currently offering 25% off any one bedding, bath, window, rug or housewares item at Kmart.com with coupon code HOME25P, valid until 10/8. There’s a printable version on their new website www.kmart.com/home and it will also be in this past Sunday’s weekly ad.
I have to go now, it is time to whip up something fun in the kitchen. BTW, after thinking about it, I think I am adding a tip jar to my kitchen table. It can’t hurt to try right?
“This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions about the products in this post are my own.