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Friday, July 11, 2014

Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto Chicken Burgers

A flavourful garlic scape and dill pesto, flavours ground chicken, in these delicious chicken burgers.


Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto Burgers- A flavourful garlic scape and dill pesto, flavours ground chicken, in these delicious chicken burgers. www.hunwhatsfordinner.com



Two weekends ago, the kids and I took our first trip, of the season, to the local Farmer's Market. It is a Saturday morning ritual for us, during the summer. I love browsing what fresh produce is brought in by farmers and snagging some specialty items like sugar coated nuts, or maple butter. I ended up bringing home a wonderful bounty which included beets (purple and orange), fresh dill, garlic scapes, rhubarb, just to name a few. I had tried garlic scapes a few years back and remember the amazing Garlic Scape Chicken I had made with them. Since I knew chicken paired nicely with garlic scape pesto, I decided to make another pesto, but this time using dill and cashew nuts. Boy is it ever good!!!

The dill tames the slight spice of the garlic scapes, while the cashews add a butter silkiness to the pesto. Since I knew garlic scapes paired well with chicken, I decided to use the pesto to season chicken burgers I was planning to make for dinner. It was an awesome idea! These burgers were beautifully moist and so full of flavour. The burgers had a slight garlic taste and the dill came through right at the end. Hubby and I topped our burgers with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, while the kids went the traditional burger route with ketchup, mustard and pickles. I can honestly say that this was one of the best burgers I've made, in a long time!



Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto Burgers- A flavourful garlic scape and dill pesto, flavours ground chicken, in these delicious chicken burgers. www.hunwhatsfordinner.com



Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto Chicken Burgers

1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
3 Tbs garlic scape-dill pesto (recipe follows)
1/2 C multigrain Garlic croutons, crushed to fine crumbs
a pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, pesto, crushed croutons, salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine and using small handfuls of the mixture, make 5-6 patties.

Preheat grill and cook over medium flame, until burgers reach an inside temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings, on buns and enjoy!

Garlic Scape-Dill Pesto

1/2 C garlic scapes, roughly chopped
1/2 C fresh dill, roughly chopped
1/4 C roasted salted cashews
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1/3- 1/2 C olive oil

Place garlic scapes, dill, cashews and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor and give it a whirl, while drizzling in the olive oil. Drizzle in the oil, until mixture comes together and is slightly thick, but loose. Store in a airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Makes a one pint jar of pesto.
 

2 comments:

Karen Crossman said...

Have never heard of Garlic Scape Dill Pesto before. I love all things pesto so I must try it! :)

Nettie Moore said...

Looks and sounds amazing, loving the garlic scapes! Nettie