TURKEY PESTO BURGERS WITH YOGURT PESTO SPREAD

I love coming up with new burger recipes and this time of year it is all about Pesto!  I have just finished making my second batch, one is in the freezer, and it looks like there will be 3 or 4 more batches yet to come.  We have been enjoying Pesto with pastas, salmon, and now with burgers....tomorrow night we will be having Pesto with Grilled Steaks. With these tasty burgers, and the Pesto Yogurt sauce, it turned into a yummy combination.  I also added some ketchup to the bun, despite not being a ketchup fan, it was just what it needed to round out all of the flavors.  How do you use Pesto?
1 lb. free range Ground Turkey
1/4 cup pesto
1 finely minced large shallott
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese
Mix the ground turkey, pesto, shallot, salt and pepper together, then form into patties.  We did ours on the BBQ, or you could just fry up like regular burgers, adding the cheese on top to melt.
YOGURT PESTO SPREAD/DIP

This yogurt pesto spread is also great as a dip for veggies, or as a sandwich spread. My daughter says it makes a great chip dip too.
1 1/2 cups Yogurt Cheese (I drip mine for 24 hours to get nice and thick)
2 big Tblsp. pesto
8 large finely minced sun dried tomatoes (I use sun dried tomatoes in oil, patting off excess oil with a paper towel)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Mix up all the ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Ina Gawne
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July 28, 2010
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