Call me crazy, but I have never really gotten into April Fools Day. I have an uncle whose birthday is April Fools Day (Happy Birthday Brodie!) and I too this day I think that today is the most appropriate day to have a birthday if you are an uncle, but other than that, I am usually one of those poor, unsuspecting victims onto which terribly hilarious things happen on April 1st. Today, so far so good, I haven't fallen victim yet. But there is still time - my friends and family know how gullible I am and I can't imagine them not taking advantage of this fact.
What does intrigue me about this holiday of shenanigans is the fact that you can trick people with food. Now THAT is a much better use of evil genius if you ask me. For instance...
Oh so clever!
So for this April Fools Day, I made burgers. I know, not too mysterious, but at least they are chicken burgers, not beef ones. I know there are some of you prank masters our there rolling your eyes at my weak attempt at trickery, but you can consider this a prank on your taste buds.
Italian Chicken Burgers
1 pound ground, all white meat chicken
8 saltine crackers, crushed
1/2 cup julienned spinach leaves
1/2 medium white onion, minced
1/3 fresh minced parsley
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place ground chicken in a large bowl and break apart with your hands. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix with hands. Do not over mix or your burgers will be hard and and disk-like. Patty into burgers while heating a few tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. Brown burgers on both sides, them remove to a sheet pan covered with foil and finish cooking in the oven (bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.)