Tuesday, August 10, 2010

White House Recipe: Turkey Patties

White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford has a new recipe in the September issue of Family Circle magazine, which hits newsstands today. In keeping with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, the recipe for Turkey Patties is healthy and low in fat, and being billed as "a taste of how the First Family eats." It's extraordinarily easy to make, and the use of Panko breadcrumbs,* soy sauce, and scallions gives it a pan-Asian inflection.

White House Turkey Patties

1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup panko crumbs
1 egg white
2 tablespoons minced scallions
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Zest, juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon canola oil

1. In a large bowl, blend ground turkey with panko, egg white, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, parsley, lemon zest and juice. Shape into 4 equal patties.

2. Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook turkey patties for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

Ed. note: Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Interior temperature should be 165 degrees, according to FoodSafety.gov.

Serves 4

*Panko is a kind of breadcrumb that's light and flaky, and much-used in Asian cuisine, to give crunch as a coating to meat, poultry and fish. It's available at many major supermarkets; even Progresso sells a version.

Chef Comerford's recipe appears in Family Circle as part of a five-magazine-title push for Let's Move!, courtesy of Meredith National Media Group, which is featuring Mrs. Obama as the cover story for the September issue of its title Ladies' Home Journal, which also hits newsstands today. Other articles related to Mrs. Obama and the Let's Move! campaign are appearing in Meredith magazines Parents, Ser Padres and Siempre Mujer.

Related: Other recipes from Comerford include No-Cream Creamed Spinach, the first recipe to be released by the Obama White House kitchen; Broccoli Soup; and Kitchen Garden Herb-Roasted Chicken with Braised Greens. There's also White House Cauliflower Gratin, and Turkey Lasagne with Winter Green Salad, which was featured on the Martha Stewart Show. Check the sidebar for more recipes.