Fall is definitely the time of year to change up your vegetables. No longer are the wispy salads of summer flecked in heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, hardier vegetables take over, vegetables that stick to the ribs, and hold on longer during the days when the weather turns just a tad cooler. Brussels Sprouts and winter squash always seem to be top of the list during this season, they issue new license in so many recipes.
Roasting squash and Brussels Sprouts is a necessity in my book, in order to give them a new look on life. A little caramelization wrapped around the exterior brings depth of flavor and reduces bitterness, and allows you to stand up and take notice, especially in a bowl-type meal.
Turkey Burgers cooked in a pan, with melted cheese over the top are front and center over roasted vegetables in a this dish like this, the bun is not missed. Each bite of juicy meat with a fleck of squash and sprouts is an engaging opportunity to enjoy a seasonal meal in a new way – this bowl could be a substitute for Turkey Dinner at holiday time, perhaps.
2 1/2 cups butternut squash, diced
3 cups Brussels Sprouts, cut in half
1 white onion, sliced
1 pound ground turkey, dark meat preferably – formed into 4 patties
4 slices pepper jack cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a sheet pan, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and place squash and sprouts on top, toss to coat. Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 40-45 minutes, or until caramelized and fork tender.
- While vegetables are cooking, in a skillet add 1 teaspoon oil, onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir. Place over medium heat and cook until lightly caramelized, about 10-12 minutes. Remove and place in a bowl.
- In the same skillet, add turkey patties and place over medium-high heat. Cook for 3 minutes, flip over and place sliced cheese on top. Turn heat to low and place lid on top of pan. Cook for 4 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted. Turn heat off and leave patties in skillet, covered until vegetables are cooked.
- Spoon vegetables into bowls equally and dust with Parmesan cheese. Place turkey patty on top of vegetables and sprinkle with onions, serve. Enjoy!