The other night we celebrated Emily’s 20th birthday with something quite rare in our house: meat! That sounds so weird – having meat for a birthday present, but it’s so rare that it felt like a special occasion. We made spinach-turkey sliders and enjoyed some little cakes that my mom brought over, a classic pulled from my grandma’s recipes. We didn’t have any birthday candles, so we had to improvise. I stuck one of my homemade cocktail stirrers in the cake and Tommy created a wrapping paper candle. It was quite silly and lovely.
1 lb. lean ground turkey / 2 cups chopped fresh spinach / 4 scallions, thinly sliced / 1 garlic clove, chopped / 1 cup Rainier cherries, pitted and quartered / 2 oz. crumbled gorgonzola / 1 tsp. ground cumin / salt and pepper
Serve with: 12 slider buns, toasted / sliced red onion / pickles / spinach / mayo or dijon mustard
Combine spinach, scallions, garlic, turkey, cherries, cumin and crumbled cheese. I decided to use gorgonzola, but I think goat cheese would be great as well. Season with salt and pepper. Mix gently with a fork until just combined. Shape into 12 1/2-inch thick patties.
Grill patties until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Serve on toasted buns with whatever condiments you like – I chose the ones listed above.
We served the sliders with some mashed potatoes and Tommy had the brilliance to top his burger with them. It was like a little Thanksgiving-themed sandwich in January. Happy birthday to Emily!