Turkey Burgers with Creamy Gorgonzola and Chili Garlic Slaw.

Sooooo. I’m wondering how many of these burgers I can consume while training for my new goal, which is becoming an Olympic figure skater.

Um, seriously? Because it’s all I want to do right now. It’s doable in your thirties, right? I mean, heck, it’s 2014. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

I am living up the Olympics. I cannot get enough. I’m a big old sucker for passion and could there be anyone more passionate than these incredible athletes? Dying. Totally dying. Oh and we can’t overlook the most important thing: hello ladies figure skating outfits. Clearly. You know. I’m sure that’s exactly why these women got into the sport. For the glitter and glitz of a skirted leotard. I mean, it’s right up my alley.

True story: this isn’t the first time I was obsessive about gliding on ice. My brother played hockey and there were many many many super early mornings spent at ice rinks. I had a fascination over those nude and white figure skates because they were just so… classy. And I spent some quality time in the rink pro shop (is it even called that?) eyeing up velvety sequined skirts for dayssss. It wasn’t exactly a far fetched idea since I had been a dancer for years, but apparently my heart wasn’t in it since I never actually went for it.

Except for the occasional public skate where I would try to do that backwards type criss cross skate thing they do before jumps.

I was DESPERATE to learn that. I was convinced that it was the secret to doing triple axels and if I could just figure out how to skate leading up to the twist? I could so do the twist. I mean, what are you talking about height and power and core strength and stuff?

I would practice in our basement in my ROLLER BLADES. The space wasn’t huge but it was big enough for my brothers and their friends to play actual games of knee or roller hockey with two full nets. They’d check each other into the “boards” – aka, cardboard boxes full of my mom’s wedding china that had yet to be unpacked since we’d moved.

Yes. This really happened. (her china never even saw a crack.)

They’d take pucks to the face and make us buy tickets for their games. I’d put on halftime shows which sometimes consisted of my attempts at the backwards criss cross skating (do you like how I’ve now named it that? Please set me straight.) and total choreographed dances to the latest volume of Jock Jams.

Still own some Jock Jams. Sure do.

It was when I was by myself that I’d practice the skating though, rollerblades on tight and the outfit finished off with coordinating elbow and knee pads. I have no idea why I never mastered the technique. Like why?!

The memories are clear as day though. And now I’m seriously craving a good roller blade stroll. Is that still a thing? If you still own rollerblades and more importantly, roller blade frequently, we need to be pals.

Since the figure skating dream may not happen, and since we’re already making plans to rollerblade, let’s pretend it’s summertime. It’s actually going to be weirdly warm here today (like 55?) so I’m not hating life. Enter burgers.

If you’ve known me for five minutes you might remember that I used to loathe turkey burgers because a certain someone I married lived on the completely dry, flavorless version for like four years straight. No. Just no.

I’ve since come around. Well, slightly. I can do a turkey burger when it’s heavily seasoned, not super lean (our grocery store carries 94-95% and we love it), cooked to perfection and piled high with toppings. Just like this one.

Homemade creamy gorgonzola made with greek yogurt? Yep. Blankets of chili garlic slaw that is both sweet and spicy? Yep yep. Toasty, crusty whole grain bun? YEP.

I guess I can do without the skates and glitter unitard.


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Turkey Burgers with Creamy Gorgonzola and Chili Garlic Slaw

Yield: makes 4 burgers

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

chili garlic slaw
1 head of napa cabbage, sliced into shreds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sriracha or hot chili sauce
1 lime, juiced

1 pound lean ground turkey (I use 94% lean)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 whole grain buns, toasted

creamy gorgonzola
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

(as a note, I like to make the slaw first and have it sit in the fridge.)
chili garlic slaw
Heat a large skillet over low heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cabbage, tossing well to coat and cook for about 1 minute, continuously stirring. Add the chili powder, brown sugar and sriracha, tossing well to combine (I like to use kitchen tongs to pick up and turn over the cabbage). Remove the cabbage and place it in a large bowl, adding the lime juice and again tossing well. Place the bowl in the fridge so the slaw can cool completely (unless you'd like it warm, but I love cold slaw on a warm burger).

In a bowl mix together the ground turkey, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic cloves and green onions until just combined. Gently mixed until just combined and form into 4 equal sized patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add the patties and cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Or you can grill the burgers or cook them however you'd like.

To make the creamy gorgonzola, combine the yogurt, 4 ounces of the gorgonzola, oil, salt and pepper together in a bowl and stir and mash until combined. Spread the mixture on top of the burgers before serving and crumble the remaining cheese on top. Top with a big handful of the chili garlic slaw and serve on toasted buns.

um, I’m not kidding about the rollerblades. I bet the neon accessories are out of control these days.