Mountain Mamma

We are leaving for vacation tomorrow. Off to the mountains of somewhere in Virginia. It will be our first road trip with Quinn. I am hoping for the best…it is really I can do.
I am not worried about the destination. It sounds fantastic and we will be with my husband’s wonderful family. It is the journey that gets me worked up.
You see, the girl gets bored pretty quickly in the car. She likes to get up and move like she has ants in her pants. She is too young to play the license plate game, too little to see out the window at what is next to her, and too smart for any silly game that I would come up with on a whim. Thank God snacks are a good distraction, but one 31 lb little girl can really only hold so many snacks in her belly.
Maybe someday we will fulfill the great husband’s dream and do a road trip with an RV. But really, I can’t see that happening any time soon. I need to get through this trip first. It will define all of our future travels.
Yes, I am expecting the worst, but it is my nature. I liked to be pleasantly surprised when it all goes smoothly. I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully only good and funny stories to tell.
Since we are leaving for the remainder of the week, I haven’t gone shopping, so I needed to cook with what I had on hand. I have to say that we lucked out with what was in our fridge and freezer.
P.S. If you can get your hands on Cincinnati’s Eastern Hills Journal , our small community paper, keep your eyes peeled for my recipe and picture with Quinn.
Chicken Burger with Mushrooms
1 lb ground chicken
1 c finely chopped mushrooms
1 egg
1/4 plain bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or put through a garlic press
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tb Olive Oil
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1 Tb butter, softened
garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, mix chicken, mushrooms 1 egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal sized patties. In an oven safe pan, preferably iron skillet, heat oil.
Place patties in pan on medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side, just until each side is nicely browned. Place pan in oven for 10 minutes, until internal temp. of chicken has reached 170 F.
While patties are in the oven, spread the tops half of each bun with equal amounts of butter. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning on the butter. Place in a toaster oven or under a broiler until nicely browned.
Assemble burger in bun.
I like to top mine with the following items:
goat cheese
arugula
an over easy egg
These toppings can really take the burger to the next level, but do what your comfortable with. Not everyone likes the idea of an egg on a burger, but everyone should try it at least once.

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  1. Melanie

    hey erin…
    hilarious that you posted this recipe, as joe just bought ground chicken instead of turkey at the store and i was trying to figure out what to make!! any ideas for what i could substitute for the egg so that greta can eat the burgers too??

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