Some people may think that it takes a lot of time and money to whip up a tasty recipe that is fresh, easy and affordable.
But not bloggers Malise Terrell and Christie Funchess.
Both won first place in last week’s Frugal Cook-Off Challenge hosted by Food Lion at Driftwood Southern Kitchen located in Raleigh, N.C. The two teamed up to cook Southern Surprise Turkey Burgers with Acorn Squash Parmesan Fries and Apple Onion Chutney. And they did it all for less than $16.
The two competed against other bloggers who were divided into teams, and each team was required to cook for four adults, on a moment’s notice, with a limited budget. They had 45 minutes to cook, with 10 minutes to plan the meal and 10 minutes to shop for cooking items.
At the conclusion of the challenge, the teams presented their dishes to a judging panel comprised of a Raleigh media representative, a nonprofit representative and Food Lion leaders.
Terrell is a blogger with Carolina Mama while Funchess is a blogger with Small Steps, Big Picture. Their recipe, which consisted of all Food Lion private brand items, included the following:
Southern Surprise “Perky” Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 servings
Cost of meal: (not including ground turkey and spices) $15.70
Approximate cooking time: 45 minutes
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 bunch of Spinach
1 .lb Ground Turkey
Olive Oil - coat non-stick pan
¼ c. Parsley
2 T. green onion chopped
2 T. yellow onion chopped
½ t. each Pepper, Cayenne
1T. Italian seasoning
1 t. salt
¼ c. Balsamic Vinegar
4 Garlic Cloves - diced
Topping and Surprise:
½ c. yellow onion
4 Garlic Cloves - diced
¼ c. Real Parmesan Cheese - shredded
1. c. Fresh Mushrooms - rinsed and sliced
Flour to dust
Ciabatta Bread - sliced into squares
Heat Olive Oil in non-stick pan over medium heat
Mix ground turkey and the next eight ingredients on the list and mix thoroughly
Separately, sauté the topping and surprise ingredients in the pan for about three or four minutes (except the flour)
Back to the turkey mixture, form balls that are the size of sliders/thick 3-4 inch burgers
Press the center, spoon a bit of onion and garlic into the center and then, spoon in a teaspoon of parmesean, form a ball and dust with flour
Grill evenly on both sides about 4 minutes each
Do not press burgers while grilling
Remove burgers from pan, place on bottom of Ciabatta bread sliced in squares
Take the top of the bread and wipe the pan adding the oil mixture and flavor from the pan to the bread
Spoon some of the mushroom and onion mixture on top of each burger
Add Spinach to burger and a slice of orange for color.
Acorn Squash Parmesan Fries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Pour Olive Oil onto non-stick baking pan, distribute evenly
Slice squash open, clean and rinse
Begin slicing into long slices for french fries
Once sliced to desired size, spread the buttercup squash onto the cooking pan evenly and where each slice of squash is flat on the pan, not stacked
Evenly sprinkle the seasoning mixture of Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper, cheyenne pepper and garlic powder onto the fries
Bake for 10 minutes then take the pan out and flip fries over with a spatula and cook for 10 more minutes.
Apple Onion Chutney
Chop apples into bite size pieces
Sauté in olive oil 5-6 minutes
Season with salt & pepper
Cover and cook five more minutes
Squeeze fresh orange over the apples and onions & serve
Orange BBQ Sauce
Squeeze 1T of fresh orange into 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
Stir in pepper, cayenne, and sugar to taste. Enjoy.