Hawaiian Shrimp Skewers

Summer is coming. Our family motto is the opposite of the Starks, it always feels like it gets hotter and hotter here in Texas.  With the sweltering heat comes grilling season!  Nothing is easier than slapping some meat with some sauce on a grill and calling it dinner.
Skewers are an especially fun way to grill for dinner.  Slide on some meat and vegetables/fruit, baste with some yummy sauce and then each person gets to eat their own skewer for dinner.  This combination uses shrimp, pineapple, and red onion with a teriyaki-like sauce for a little Hawaiian twist.  Delicious with the sweet sauce and the crunchy charcoal grilled outside.  Yum.
(PS- If you aren’t watching Game of Thrones, fix that now!  These skewers are a perfect dinner to eat while watching…)
From Cinnamon Freud
For the Sauce:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cornstarch
For the Skewers:
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pineapple, chopped
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
For the Sauce:
In a small saucepan, combine apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and honey.  Bring to a boil then simmer.  Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water.  Whisk in cornstarch mixture.  Continue to simmer for 8-10 minutes, until sauce is thickened.  Set aside.
For the Skewers:
Prepare and preheat your grill.  Alternatively, thread shrimp, pineapple, and red onion onto your skewers.  Spoon our some of your sauce and brush onto raw skewers.  Grill skewers, about  6 minutes for each side.  Continue to brush with sauce as the skewers cook.
Serves 4, makes about 8 skewers

Turkey Burger with Pimento Cheese

This post may not be as much a recipe as some life advice: Put pimento cheese and potato chips on you next burger.

For me, a burger is all about the toppings. A plain, ketchup-only burger has it’s place when the craving hits, but the best burgers are often the ones with the best combination of a few toppings.  Restraint is an important part of making hamburgers.  Although a burger with everything can be great, sometimes there is just too much and the ingredients all mesh together.  This is my definite problem when I make burgers.  I want to add pickles, cheese, lots of seasonings, mayo, mustard, ketchup, onions, and more.  Then everything just all gets to be a big mess.

But not this time- I purposely stopped myself from adding more to this burger (which I almost did when I went to the fridge for the pimento cheese and saw sweet pickles).  The toppings of this burger are the wonderful southern concoction of pimento cheese, a sweet slaw, and crunchy potato chips.  These are placed on top of a simple turkey burger.

Slightly Adapted from The Food Network

1 cup chopped cabbage
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mayonnaise16 ounces ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Olive oil
1/2 cup pimento cheese
1- 1/2 ounces barbeque potato chips
4 burger buns

Preheat oven to 350°F.Combine cabbage, honey, and mayonnaise in a bowl.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.  Form into 4 thin patties, about 1/4 inch thick.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook burgers 3-5 minutes per side.  Alternatively, you can grill these burgers as well.

To build burgers: place turkey burger on bottom bun, spread pimento cheese on top, top with some honey slaw, top with crumbled barbeque potato chips.  Place burger bun on top.  Bake for 10 minutes, until all ingredients are warmed through.

Makes 4 burgers.