Friday, January 29, 2010
Robin's Chicken Burgers
We had the chicken burgers for dinner last night. First of all, I never intended to serve them on a bun since I considered it a waste of calories for a home meal. Secondly, I took the bag of frozen burgers out of my freezer and left it on the counter to thaw which was probably not the best plan since by the time I returned home they were so soft that they were losing their burger shapes. I hoped to save my mistake by carefully placing them back into the freezer so they would firm up a bit before I needed them. No luck. So, I started to re-form the patties, but truly hate that feeling so I mushed the whole thing up and made chicken meatballs using my meatball scoop.
I pan-seared the meatballs in a bit on olive oil using my cast iron skillet on the stove top. The smell of mayo and rosemary as they cooked was delightful. Since they were smaller than the burgers, I cooked them for about 3 minutes on each side then would rotate them in a new direction until fully cooked.
I enjoyed them more than anyone else. Rosemary is probably my favorite herb so it was really nice for me to have a new rosemary application. Jeff thought they were okay. I confessed that I was supposed to serve them on a bun and he said a slice of onion, tomato and cheese would have made a huge difference for him. Charlie and Paige were both suspicious of the meatballs -- they both asked a couple of times if it was meat and what kind of meat it was (this was the first time I've served ground chicken) and Stella claimed to not be hungry. She ate one whole meatball without too much complaint, but stuck to her story of not being hungry. The meal was served with steamed green beans.
I probably would make this again, except next time I'll follow through with the bun to make it more of a crowd pleaser.