"Eat it. It's good for you." That was such a deadly phrase for me when I was a kid. Anytime my parents would utter those words, I just knew that whatever I was about to put into my mouth was going to make me gag. Seriously. Mushy cooked carrots, lima beans, cracked wheat cereal, a few select casseroles and the occasional baked good that was charred beyond recognition. I know everyone has similar memories of meals in their homes, no matter if their Mom's were horrible or masterful in the kitchen.
Tonight my Dad was trying to convince my son to eat his dinner. My father explained that one day my son would marry a girl who hasn't a clue in the kitchen and then he would appreciate my cooking so much more. I don't buy it. Every child bucks at what is placed before him. Will he ever appreciate my kitchen talents? Honestly, it really doesn't matter to me. As long as he is healthy and has established good eating habits, then I was successful.
Don't take my son's resistance to this meal as a reason not to give these a try because they are really amazing and yes, they are good for you too! My Dad ate 2 1/2 of them so I think he really liked them too.
Spanakopita Burgers (makes 6 burgers)
from Rachael Ray
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, chopped
10 oz box frozen spinach, defrosted
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tb McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/4 lb feta crumbles
1 1/3 lb ground chicken or turkey
2 jarred roasted red peppers, drained
12 pitted kalamata olives
1/4 C fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
arugula or romaine lettuce
6 crusty rolls
1. Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add oil and butter then garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
2. Wring spinach dry in a kitchen towel and separate into small pieces into bowl of onions. Season with oregano and grill seasoning. Add feta, meat and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix together very well with your hands and form into 6 even patties. Grill burgers or cook in a hot pan over medium high heat for 6 minutes on each side.
3. Place pepper, olives and parsley into food processor and process until a paste forms. Spread paste on the inside of rolls, layer with arugula, cucumbers and tomatoes. Place cooked burger inside and enjoy!