Monday , 27 March 2017

Italian Meatball Burgers + A Giveaway!

*** Thanks so much for all of the comments but this giveaway is now officially closed! ***

I am so excited guys!  It’s my first OFFICIAL giveaway!  Sing with me – aaaaahhhhhhhhh.

Alright so a quick recipe (since this is a food blog) and then I’ll get to the product review and how you could be the proud new owner of an OXO scale – the perfect tool on a healthy eating journey…or baking journey…or super scientific kind of Alton Brownish journey, whatever suits your pleasure!

I was skimming through a recent Cooking Light and loved the idea of this recipe when I saw it. But lately I’ve been noticing that my carb intake has been higher than I like and I’ve been trying to cut back a bit.

So it was time for some modifications to cut back on the carbs, customize it to our tastes, and make the recipe quicker in general.  I skipped the idea of making individual sliders and instead decided to do open faced burgers.  Honestly, next time I’m probably going to skip the bread entirely or just eat it on the side.   It’s a bit easier to consume that way since the burger is a knife and fork affair.

This recipe is a winner, repeat after me, winner.  Seriously delicious, turkey and pork combine with basil, garlic, pasta sauce and cheese to make a burger that your friends and family will be begging for…literally, my husband keeps asking for it.

For the side I kept it simple and made a quick balsamic basil vinaigrette to toss with a spinach salad topped with thinly sliced red onion and sliced roasted red bell peppers.[divider_flat]

Italian Meatball Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 317

Fat per serving: 14.4

Italian Meatball Burgers

If you'd like to make the same salad and dressing as I did it's easy. To make the dressing combine 1/4 cup fresh basil (about 1 1/4 oz), 2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp honey, 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and freshly ground pepper. Blend together in a food processor or blender until well combined. Toss this with 3 - 4 oz baby spinach and some thinly sliced red onion and roasted red pepper to make 4 servings of salad.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz chicken or turkey Italian sausage (about 2), casings removed
  • 4 oz pork Italian sausage (sweet or hot, your preference) casing removed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat panko
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¾ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (can use more if desired – I definitely did)
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (try to get a version under 2g of fat and lower in sodium)
  • 1/3 - ½ cup basil (2 - 3 oz), thinly sliced (depending on how much you like)
  • 1/3 cup (about 1.5 oz) part-skim mozzarella

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Sauté the garlic and onion over medium heat for 10 minutes, until very soft. Place in a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add in seasonings (Italian, oregano, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, salt), whole wheat panko, ricotta, parsley, egg and the meat. Combine, being careful not to overmix and pat into 4 patties (and yes I do the trick where you put a thumbprint in the middle of the bug to help the burgers stay together).
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Heat the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil in the same large oven-proof skillet. Brown the burgers for 3 minutes on each side, turning once. Spoon pasta sauce over burgers (yes some will drip off the sides, don’t worry about it). Then place thinly sliced basil on top of each burger and divide the mozzarella evenly between the burgers.
  3. Place the burgers in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes until burgers are cooked through and cheese has melted. You can either serve with buns or just as patties. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Info Does Not Include Spinach Side Salad or Any Bun/Bread

http://foodjaunts.com/italian-meatball-burgers/

On to what you’re here for, the review!  But first, we have to get the legal stuff out of the way.  Ready?[hr]

OXO sent me two of the company’s new food scales for free.  Yes, that’s right, free.  Which means OXO gave me a scale for free to use and review.  But that also means that the company gave me an extra scale to give to you!

But here’s the deal, dear friends. I’m still going to be giving you an unbiased review of the product so all the opinions expressed in this post are still mine…mwahahahaha![hr]

So now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Here’s the scale, still in its box, that you have the potential of winning.  Clicking on any of the food scale pictures will take you to this scale’s product page on OXO’s website.  When I first started getting more into healthy cooking, it was sometimes frustrating reading recipes and trying to put them into action, in the vein of “4 (6 oz) chicken breasts”.

Well unless you buy organic meat, which can get pricey (although in full disclosure I now buy organic meat but back then I didn’t) it is extremely hard to find a 6 oz chicken breast.  Most breasts are 8 oz or more and without a scale you’re never entirely sure how much you’re actually eating.  When you’re making the switch to a healthier style of eating you don’t want to throw in any additional frustrations in there, ala the quest for the mythical non-organic 4 – 6 oz chicken breast.

Either way, getting my first scale was a revelation.  Instead of having to guess I now knew exactly how much we were consuming.  4 oz protein + 6 – 8 oz veg + 3 – 4 oz whole grain/starch, check!  Plus I’m not much of a baker, but on the occasions I do bake, out comes the food scale.

So let’s compare the new OXO to my old scale side by side (shh…ignore the fact that my old scale isn’t the cleanest).

As you can see the OXO has a slightly smaller footprint which is nice, considering how overstuffed my poor tiny kitchen is.  The OXO also weighs slightly less at 15.9 oz in comparison to my old scale’s weight of 1 lb 4.25 oz (and yes I used each scale to weigh the other – fun!)

I will say this, while I’m loving the fact that the OXO is smaller and lighter, I do wish it came in a different style (and actually looking at OXO’s site, there’s another 5 lb scale in black and an 11 lb scale in stainless steel).  I prefer the glass styling of my old scale versus the OXO’s all white body.  Plus, every tiny spec of food displays prominently against the white housing of the OXO.  I can understand why OXO designed the scale that way, it’s definitely a hallmark of their brand, but I would have preferred the 11 lb scale’s aesthetic.

Above you can see the screen of the OXO.  It unfortunately does not have a backlight, but makes up for it with its large, clear and easy-to-read screen.  I do like the little bar on the right hand side of the screen that shows you how much of the scale’s max capacity you’re using up.  It’s a helpful little reminder to not go overboard and break your scale.

OXO has chosen to use a fractional display, which I’m liking.  I’m used to food scales weighing out in, for example, 10.8 oz.  The OXO scale actually measures to the hundredth’s by using 10 7/8 oz which is really 10.875 if you wanted to be technical.  And yes, the scale does measure both ounces and kilograms.

Finally, the feature that I absolutely love is the pull-out display featured below.  With my old scale I was constantly trying to lean in under large bowls and plates in order to see the display screen.  The pull-out is ingenious and really helps solve that problem.

I’ve been using the scale for the past week and a half and overall I’m loving it.  It’s extremely user-friendly and accurate.  With its smaller footprint it’s easy to stash away until you need it and the fractional display is intuitive.  Plus the fact that the display is both big and has the pull-out feature makes this a winner in my book.

Ok so how do you win this awesome OXO Scale?

You leave a comment below telling me how you would use it if you won!  (Sorry guys – no international entries accepted, I don’t think the FedEx postage will go that far).  For one additional entry, you can like Food Jaunts on Facebook.  I know the standard giveaways also want you to do the Twitter/Google Plus/Pinterest thing, which I have nothing against, but that’s a lot of work for both you and me.  You have to do all of that and I have to keep track of who’s doing what!

But you know, if you want to follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest feel free *smile*

I’ll announce the winner of the OXO Healthy Eating Food Scale Giveaway by 8pm EST Monday night during my next post so check back then.

And I hope whoever wins takes full advantage of all the features the OXO Scale has to offer – and uses it on the road to a healthier life through healthier eating!

 

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42 comments

  1. Let’s start with the sandwich – YUMMY! When I eat a sandwich it has to be hot or warm and usually served on one piece of bread, so this open=faced meatball sandwich is perfect. Love your meatballs! I already have the OXO scale and love it, so no need to count me into the giveaway. Improve the chances for someone else to be the lucky winner!
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  2. I would LOVE to use this scale for portion control. Since we eat a natural diet, much of our food is not prepackaged or premeasured. This little gadget would help us so much!

  3. Your meatball sub look so good, now I have a craving and would love one of those. I know my husband would, it’s his favorite sandwich!
    Please don’t count me in the giveaway, it’s a great scale and a generous giveaway but I have one already. Thanks 🙂
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  4. I am always trying to cut back on my cabs too and this is a good way to do it. Looks tasty and I have to admit the hunk of bread under there looks good too. Cute little oxo gadget, I would use it for portion control. I followed you you on twitter, facebook and google+ and pinterest. Have a great weekend.

  5. Wow! What a great giveaway!
    I think a meatball burger is way better than a meatball sandwich. You won’t have to worry about one falling and rolling on the floor, lol. A scale would be a nice gadget to have, cuz then I would try the recipes that need to be weighed out.

  6. I’d love to keep my portions an appropriate amount and there is no better way.

  7. I like Food Jaunts on FB

  8. I’d love to use it for baking since baking has to be sooo precise! Also, I’d like to measure how much meat I’m eating for dinner… I think I eat too much!

  9. Look at that melting cheese on top! makes me want to grab that burgers. And Dang! I cant join the competition 🙁
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  10. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award because I ♥ your blog and think you have a wonderful blog! Have a fantastic week my friend!
    http://thymeofourlife.blogspot.com/2012/03/versatile-blogger-awards.html Plus who doesn’t like meatballs! Yum!
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  11. I am trying to learn to bake and this would make the learning process that much easier!!

    Great giveaway!

  12. I’d use it when mixing up spices, like Indian garam masala and American steak rubs.

  13. I need to get better at measuring my portions. This would help greatly. Love the scale!

  14. I would like to try baking by weight rather than by volume.

  15. I’d love to be more precise with my baking.. this would be great!

  16. I would use the new scale for baking purposes. My current scale is probably 20-25 years old and is questionably accurate (or not.) Great blog!

  17. Hi food jaunts, thanks for the burger recipe. DH will love this. Sure I will also.

    I have been using Oxo products for years. Love them, and I really need a scale. We both are trying to loose some weight. It sure would make a nice birthday gift for me in a few weeks.

  18. Hi, Food Jaunts. The recipe looks yummy.
    I’d use the scale for portion control to aid in weight loss.

  19. hehe.. I guess I won’t have a chance to win the scale seeing how I’m international. 😛 But anyway, I looove your Italian meatball burgers!! The sausage looks so delicious with that crusty bread! Yum!
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  20. Would love a digital food scale to help me lose a few lbs!

  21. This would be so great for me to use for my daughter. She is on a diet, and I have to weigh everything I cook. I have a cheap, not accurate scale, and this would be so very great to help me cook properly. And then I could make those yummy meatballs. You have a loyal follower now. Love it.

  22. Your Italian Meatball Burger looks perfect!
    I have an old kitchen scale that isn’t digital which I use for all kinds of baking and cooking measurements. This one would be a good replacement. 🙂
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  23. I am now following you on Facebook…and on Twitter, g+ and Pinterest. 🙂
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  24. I’d use this scale as a gift for my daughter. She loves to bake, and I know she’d use it often. I have one that I use more than I ever thought I would. Love it!

  25. I would use the scale exactly as you describe- to figure out exactly what different items called for in a recipe are- such as the 4 ozs. of chicken or pork or beef, etc.

    I’m also thrilled to see such a glowing review for this recipe. It caught my attention right away, and I’m glad it turned out as delicious as it sounded. Have to put it on the menu soon!

  26. Congrats on your first giveaway (As a Canadian, I’m afraid I can’t participate)… however, these meatball burgers look smashing! My boys would luvvv this recipe. The addition of ricotta is brilliant and your seasonings sound dynamite!
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  27. I’d use the scale for portion control! You are right – how can you tell a 6 oz. chicken breast unless you weigh it!

  28. I’ve always wanted a scale in my kitchen, for baking accuracy and portion control. This would be great! Thanks for the contest.

  29. Oh my, that meatball burger sounds delicious! I appreciate how you’ve lightened it up too.

    Please don’t include me in your giveaway as I have a digital scale that I love. Good luck to everyone!
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  30. I would use the scale to convert some recipes in Italian from grams to cups; there’s an almond cake recipe that I’d like to try.

  31. I’m sorry I missed this giveaway but wanted to comment on your delicious meatball burgers!!! YUM!
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  32. gorgeous pic and love the idea of serving meatballs this way. Also loving the addition of the Italian sausage. Yum!
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  33. Follow you on Twitter! Thanks again!

  34. Oh, that was a sinful combination of ingredients I must admit)) Amazing pics and awesome recipe description. Thank you very much for sharing – can’t wait to try it.

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