Super Bowl XLVIII Sliders

This is my first Fiesta Friday contribution to Angie’s site, The Novice Gardener, but it is actually Super Bowl Sunday.  This is the first time I have joined a “blog party”  but what a fun way to meet other bloggers.  Now, if I can just figure out what I am doing and link up to this fabulous party created by Angie.

So, what will we be doing around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014?  Yes, eating and  watching the Super Bowl XLVIII game with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

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Super Bowl means family/friends, food, commercials and football in that order.  I am not a big football fan except for some college football games, especially when the University of Michigan is playing.  I am an alumni and still live in the same town where I received my Masters.  Gene was an avid fan of the sport and if I could share something with him I usually  tried to join him even if it meant watching football.

Now, what is a slider?  Just about  everyone knows it is a little sandwich about 2 to 3-inches across, served in a bun.  The bread can be potato, ciabatta, brioche, challah, dinner rolls or any small bun. Generally a slider is a hamburger but it can be any small sandwich.  Does anyone out there like White Castle?  These little sandwiches were a favorite of Gene’s.  Sliders can be made with fish, ham, pork, chicken, vegetables – you name it.

This year I am using my Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Weight Watcher’s Meatballs Subs recipes in addition to the two new beef sliders below.  These are recipes that can be prepared ahead of time, even frozen, then thawed and heated when ready to serve.  Click any link and you can find the ingredients and directions for each sandwich.

From left to right; ham and cheese, meatballs, pulled pork, cheesy sloppy joes and in the back beef sliders.  Also a snack mix and some chocolate covered pretzels in the shapes of footballs and helmets.  It is a fun time where you can make anything you want – just let your imagination go!

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I needed to try something new so I chose two ground beef recipes; one by allrecipes.com which can be made the day before and heated in the oven and the other by Ina Garten which you can do on the grill.  Neither take very long and I did adapt both recipes to my taste.  Condiments are always optional and you can use what you want.

Cheesy Sloppy Joes

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) pkg. onion soup mix (good way to season the meat)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 24 slider rolls, split
  • hamburger dill chips (sliced jalapenos are good too)
  • red onion, thinly sliced

Combine the beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir until browned and no longer pink.  Remove from the heat and drain the grease.  Place back in the skillet and add the cheese and mayonnaise; stir until melted.  Allow to cool and refrigerate.  I prepared this recipe the day before the game.

When ready to serve preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and place the bottom halves of the rolls on the foil. Spread the meat mixture over each half and cook until heated through.   Add hamburger dill slices or pickled jalapenos and a slice of red onion.  Very good, easy and kid friendly. Heating up 4 of the different sliders in the oven until the cheese melts and heated through; sloppy joes, pulled pork, meatballs and ham and cheese.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com 

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Ina's Beef Sliders

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves, minced (I added more)
  • 3 tsp. garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz. Gruyere, grated (or any cheese of your choice)
  • 12 small slider buns
  • baby arugula (I used spinach and artisan lettuce)
  • tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • condiment of your choice such as ketchup, mustard or mayo

Combine the beef with the next six ingredients and mix to combine.  Shape the meat into 12 (2 to 3-inch) patties that are the same size or use a slider press like the silver one below.  The one I have comes from Williams Sonoma and apparently they do not sell them any more, but there are a lot of other models available online.  Many family members will remember the yellow press for a regular sized hamburger that Gene always used to make his burgers.  A pet peeve of his was that he disliked fat hamburgers and would never let me make them free hand 🙂

Preheat the grill to high 15 minutes before cooking.  The weather is finally in the twenties today so I will use my outdoor electric grill to cook these burgers.  Yes, beyond the smoke that is snow!  Turn the heat down to medium, brush each slider with oil (or the grill if you prefer) and place the sliders on it.  Cover and cook for 6 minutes, turn and cook another 6 minutes or until the temperature is 165°F.  For the last couple of minutes sprinkle the gruyere on the top of each slider and close the lid.  Remove to a platter and keep warm.

Slice the buns in half and toast the halves cut side down on the grill.  Place a slider on each half, top with lettuce of your choice and finish with a slice of tomato and red onion.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com 

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10 thoughts on “Super Bowl XLVIII Sliders

  1. Juju, your recipes sound so gourmet! And I love that slider press, been thinking of getting one but haven’t taken the plunge somehow. Maybe now is the time so I can make perfect sliders like yours! Thanks for joining the party. I think a lot of people will appreciate these recipes. XOXO

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    • Btw, Juju, did you link up your photo? If you click that “pineapple” button on my Fiesta Friday #1 post, it’ll bring you to a page where you can link a photo. Then I can add you on the “board.” People respond better to images, I find. Thanks. XOXO

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      • Angie – I tried to link my first photo but I am getting a 404 error. I see there is another way to do it but I will have to try tomorrow when I have more time. I have two sites; the old one jujuskitchen and cookingwithauntjuju which is the current one. I think this is the problem…

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      • Juju, when you link, try to copy and paste the post’s URL, not the blog’s URL. That could have been the problem. It should only take a minute to do. Or, you can let me know which one is your featured photo and I can do it for you.

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  2. Angie, would you mind doing it for me and let me know if it works. Either the first or second picture of all of the sliders would be great or one you like better and might be more appropriate. I have printed out all of the info on how to do it but right now I am having trouble thinking it through 🙂

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  4. I love these little burgers and how you formed the patties! I love how you made different fillings too because if it were me eating, I could have one of each and not feel like a complete glutton!

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