Sunday, October 28, 2012

Salmon-Pistachio Pesto Burgers in Phyllo Dough with Spicy Dipping Sauce


I saw this recipe idea on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Guy visited Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar in Narragansett, Rhode Island and immediately fell in love with the idea of a Salmon Burger! 

It is truly difficult to put into words just how delicious this burger was.  Not only do the flavors blend amazingly, but the texture of the salmon combined with a light crunch from the pistachios and  phyllo dough makes this burger a total winner!!

Salmon-Pistachio Pesto Burgers in Phyllo Dough with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

12 oz salmon filet, skin removed and cut into large chunks
2 tablespoons pesto
¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped into large pieces
1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped (½ tsp if using dried)
Garlic clove from garlic oil*
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
¼ cup feta cheese
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 sheets Phyllo dough, thawed and covered with a damp towel so as not to dry out
Garlic oil*

*Garlic Oil – Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add 1 cracked clove of garlic.  Turn stove to low and let the oil and garlic heat up together.  Remove clove and set aside to cool.  Once cooled, mince finely.
Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce – Mix ½ plain Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce.

Directions

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 500°.
Place salmon chunks into a food processor and pulse until the salmon is minced.  You want this minced and not pureed.

Place minced salmon into a medium size bowl and add the pesto, pistachios, dill, minced garlic clove, Greek yogurt and feta cheese. 
Season with salt (go easy here, the feta is already salty) and pepper and mix with a fork, fluffing as you go, to just combine the ingredients.  You want this semi loose and not all packed in together. 
Form as many patties as you’d like.  I find it easiest to set them on wax paper once they’re formed.
Place one of the phyllo sheets on a large cutting board or piece of wax paper and lightly brush it with the garlic oil.  It doesn’t take much – usually I lift the brush up and drizzle/drop the oil on and gently brush it across the sheet.  Repeat with the remaining Phyllo sheets. 
Cut the phyllo dough in half or 4 equal quarters, depending on how many burgers you’re making and place a patty in the center of the dough square.  Beginning with one corner, fold the dough up toward the center of the patty and brush with a tiny amount of oil (just enough to get the next section of dough to stick).  Repeat, turning the burger, folding and oiling the dough up as you go.  

Place fold side down on a baking sheet and cook for 7 minutes for large burgers, 5 for smaller ones.  Turn and bake for another 5-7 minutes. 
Serve with Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce.
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