This week I was inspired (more loosely than I planned) by a recipe for Turkish "Kofte" Burgers I found in the book Relish by Daphne Oz. I used lean ground pork instead of ground beef or lamb because the ground pork was on sale and then I didn't use a pita because I didn't want to waste the calories on bread. Then I forgot to get feta at the grocery store which meant I wasn't able to make the whipped feta spread. I ended up using some blue cheese crumbles and some garlic spread instead.
Pretty plate no? The tomato and cucumber salsa was a little onion heavy but otherwise good and very pretty and fresh. I didn't end up loving the burgers. I'm not sure if the meat switch was the issue but I don't think it was. The texture was good but the spice combination just wasn't quite to my taste. It used a huge variety of different dried spices - mint, coriander, cardamon, cumin, cinnamon and a few others. I generally like cumin and have loved savory foods with cinnamon but I think the combination of the two with the mint was a little jarring for my fairly conservative taste buds.
The Good: Made plenty and would be easy to reheat through out the week. Also loved the fresh vegetables in the salsa.
The Bad: Too much onion in the salsa and found the spice combination in the burger themselves a little unpleasant.
The Verdict: Not for me. Though I had high hopes for this I think I'll stick with my PB&J.