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I love participating in these product posts. As a foodie, I love to try new products. It exposes me to products that I may not have normally reached for. So it shows me how there are so many great products and ingredients out there. Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to try new products. Don’t stick with the recipes you know and the old standbys you naturally gravitate too. I cannot say I was familiar with the Francesco Rinaldi brand. I used the traditional recipe with no salt added. I did not want to make a traditional pasta recipe. So I came up with a cross between lasagna and a caprese salad. I made square turkey patties with Italian spices. I layered the ground turkey with mozzarella cheese, basil and Francesco Rinaldi’s pasta sauce.
I shopped at Walmart to find my Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce. Like so many ingredients we see on store shelves, we do not appreciate that there really was a Francesco Rinaldi. This is a sauce taken from and old family recipe. We not get the chance to enjoy it and for me to share it with you. The quality of the ingredients were really good: it is gluten free and ready to pull off your pantry shelf. I chose to make a recipe that was not just pasta sauce on a pasta. I did, though, want to mimic a traditional dish but make a dish that is playful. So I created this Turkey Burger Caprese Stack. The title is a loose interpretation on the original but it suggests the play I made.
I created layers of flavor in this dish. Both in terms of the layers, different ingredients and different textures but also by adding flavors to the ground turkey. I also created a small square patty for the ground turkey. The ground turkey was the base for my stack. I infused the Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce throughout the dish. It was on the base as I began my stack, and then, added to each layer. In the end, I topped the stack with a little more sauce. Then next layer to top the ground turkey patty was fresh mozzarella. This is the perfect cheese for this dish. Fresh mozzarella melts only slightly which is just what I wanted for this dish. On top of the mozzarella, I added a basil leaf. Now you understand my homage to the traditional caprese. The sauce substituted for the tomatoes – the sauce is tomato so I am not sure that substitute is the correct word. So the caprese was rounded off with the cheese and basil and held together by the turkey patties.
This Turkey Burger Caprese Stack is designed for eating without a bun. Just smother it in the Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce and eat away. Leftovers warm up really well because the cheese is not super melty and the dish is rehydrated with the pasta sauce.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 teaspooons salt
- 2 teaspooons pepper
- 2 teaspooons oregano
- 2 teaspooons Italian seasonings
- 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 - 2 cups Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce (no salt)
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Begin by adding all the seasoning to the ground turkey.
- Add the breadcrumbs and mix well.
- Form into patties that are approximately 2" x 2" and 1" thick
- Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees
- Begin the stack by placing a dollop of the Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce on a baking tray
- Add the first patty on to the pasta sauce.
- Take the fresh mozzarella and cut 1" thick slices and cut these slices in half.
- Take the half piece of mozzarella and top the turkey patty.
- Take a leaf of basil and put on top of the cheese.
- Take another dollop of the pasta sauce and top the stack.
- Repeat the layers of turkey patty, cheese and basil.
- Top off the stack with one more turkey patty.
- Place in the oven and cook for 10 - 12 minutes.
- The burgers will be cooked and the cheese will just begin to soften.
- In the last 2 minutes of cooking, take the stack out of the oven and top with another dollop of pasta sauce.
- After removing from the oven, finish off by add another leaf of basil.
- Serve and enjoy!
The ground turkey is mixed with the spices and breadcrumbs.
Now the stack is formed beginning with the Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce and layer with the ground turkey, mozzarella and basil.
The final plated Turkey Burger Caprese Stack.
I will definitely being trying the other sauces in the Francesco Rinaldi line of sauces. Be sure to check them out and give them a twitter shout out if you try and like their products @francescosauce.