Sunday, October 6, 2019

Stuffed Turkey Burgers #recipe #guestauthor #AngPompano


LUCY BURDETTE: I’m super-excited to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Ang Pompano. We’ve been in the same writing group for decades (no, really!), and so it’s a great pleasure to see his first published novel out in the world. His book is a mystery set in Savannah featuring a retired PI and his somewhat-demented father--one of the most unusual pair of detectives you'll ever meet! One lucky commenter will win a copy of WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING!



Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce


Lucy, I’m really happy to be here, but I’m also cracking up. That’s because I’m not really known for my cooking. That may be in part because my wife, Annette, is an excellent cook. You know the saying, too many cooks in the kitchen? Well that.

In part I perpetuate that myth in my writing. Quincy Lazzaro, (“Diet of Death” Malice Domestic Anthology 2019: MYSTERY MOST EDIBLE) is a guy who can’t cook but writes a cooking column called “Cooking with Betty.” He’s been known to make tiramisu using Twinkies, Cool Whip, and lots of liquor. Don’t laugh until you’ve tried it. And then in my debut novel WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, detective Al DeSantis, can cook, but when he makes his special lemon chicken to impress his girlfriend he forgets to turn on the oven.

The truth is somewhere in the middle. I know how to handle myself pretty well around the barbecue grill. To prove it, here is my recipe for turkey burgers stuffed with goat cheese (or brie) and cranberry sauce. It’s like Thanksgiving Dinner on a bun.

Ingredients


3 cups of ground turkey 
1 ½ cups of Stove Top Cornbread Stuffing prepared according to directions
1 egg
Goat cheese (I used the one coated in cranberry and cinnamon. You can use gorgonzola, gouda, or brie instead of goat cheese)
Whole berry cranberry sauce



Put ground turkey, prepared stuffing, and egg in a bowl. Mix well.

Form a patty, add a chunk of goat cheese (or one of the other cheeses) and some cranberry sauce. Then cover with another patty and seal edges. 


It was pouring rain so I cooked these on a stovetop grill but they come great on the barbecue grill too. 






Garnish, pour a glass of wine, and voilà!


Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

About WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING: When his girlfriend dumps him and a drug dealer rams him on a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. As he makes plans to head for LA, he learns his father, Big Al, is alive, has dementia, and is entering a nursing home. More surprising, he has deeded the Blue Palmetto Detective Agency in Savannah to him.
Al wants nothing to do with the man who abandoned him at eight years old, or his agency. But when his California condo goes bankrupt and he loses everything, he drives down to Georgia, intending to sell fast and head west. But then he discovers a dead body on the agency dock.

About Ang: WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, is Ang Pompano’s debut novel. He has stories published in the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, and BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. His academic pieces include one on teaching detective fiction. A recipient of the Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for a novel in progress, he is on the Crime Bake Planning Committee and is a board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, and their two rescue dogs.




52 comments:

  1. Tat sounds like my kind of burger! I just finished breakfast but I'm drooling.

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    1. Harbinger, you might like them so much that you'll even try them for breakfast sometime. :)

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  2. Hi, Ang--lovely to see you here! Cooking should be fun, not just following a recipe set in stone. Enjoy it! (Although my mother did once try making leg of lamb with coffee (with milk) gravy--not a good idea!).

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    1. It's great to be here, Sheila. Yes, cooking should be fun, and it's good to experiment. I took a chance when I put the stuffing inside the burger and it turned out great.

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  3. I must be one of the few people never to have eaten a turkey burger. I’m not fond of cranberry sauce. How would it be without it? Congratulations on your book publication. It sounds like a winner!
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. Pat, turkey burgers can be pretty dry, but these come out juicy. Thanks for the kind words on the book!

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  4. The book sounds good...will check it out.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I hope you like it. And check out the burgers too!

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  5. That recipe looks delicious! Sounds like a good book.
    tami.norman@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for saying that Tami. I hope you'll like the book and the burgers too!

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  6. The recipe for Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Sauce sounds yummy. What a great way to have that Thanksgiving taste without having to go through all the holiday prep to enjoy it.

    Love getting in on the ground floor with a newly published author. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING" which sounds amazing. Definitely seems to be a book I would enjoy and therefore is on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Thanks, Kay. I would be completely lost if I had to cook a whole turkey, but this was an easy way to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. Which will be here before we know it!

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  7. Both the book and the burger sound wonderful. I might get my husband to try that next time we go grocery shopping. That is, if he can have the cranberry sauce. Thanks for sharing this though!

    christinacrbn511@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Christina. Now you've got me wondering if anything else can be substituted for the cranberry sauce. I may be turning into a cook yet!

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  8. Those look absolutely fabulous and perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Abby, thanks. I hope you try the burgers and let us know how you liked them.

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  9. This novel sounds very interesting and as other New England authors know I love to read their books and promote them in any way I can. I was born and raised in Northeast Connecticut so will let my cT friends and all other book reader friends know about Ang Pompano. I’m definitely going to order the book today as I’m sure it will be enjoyed by both my husband and me. And “Ang” I have many recipes if you would like some!!! Your turkey burgers sound great! The new thing now is butter burgers and so I am thinking of making these and basting in butter like I’d do with a whole turkey!
    Wishing you much luck and enjoyment in writing!
    Cynthia Blain
    I don’t leave my email address on these posts but I can be contacted via Facebook at Cynthia Bayer Blain if needed. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Cynthia. I love Connecticut's "Quiet Corner." When you mentioned the butter burgers it made me think of a great restaurant called The Golden Lamb Buttery which used to be in Brooklyn, CT. Unfortunately, it's gone now.

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