Porcupine Sliders recipe: A chef-inspired grand prize school lunch winner

Submitted by Chef Todd Bolton and students, community members and school professionals from South Education Center Alternative School, Richfield, Minnesota.

Recipe: Porcupine Sliders

Grand prize winner from "Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook for Homes" provided by the USDA's Team Nutrition.
  • 1/8 cup brown rice, long-grain, regular, dry
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh onion, peeled, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh celery, diced
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 lb raw ground turkey, lean
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 Tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 dash ground white pepper
  • 6 (1 oz each) mini whole-wheat rolls (small dinner roll size)
    1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
    2. Combine brown rice and ½ cup water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low. Cover and cook until water is absorbed, about 30-40 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. A rice cooker may be used with the same quantity of brown rice and water.
    3. Heat canola oil in a small skillet. Add onions, celery, and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled.
    4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine turkey, egg, cranberries, spinach, Worcestershire sauce, salt, peppers, brown rice, and sautéed vegetables. Mix well. Shape into 6 patties.
    5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Place patties evenly spaced on baking sheet.
    6. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes at 350 °F to an internal temperature of 165 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds (use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature). Do not overcook. Remove from oven and serve on a mini whole-wheat roll. Serve immediately.
    7. May be served with onion, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, and mustard.
    Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Amount: Makes six sliders (1 slider provides 2 oz equivalent meat/meat alternate and 1 oz equivalent grains)
      Nutrients Per Serving:
      Calories 247, Protein 16 g, Carbohydrate 26 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 85 mg, Vitamin A 540 IU (41 RAE), Vitamin C 2 mg, Iron 2 mg, Calcium 65 mg, Sodium 366 mg