Fiesta Friday #1 Sliders for Super Bowl

Four years ago I joined Fiesta Friday #1 (yes, the first one) when Angie’s blog was known as the Novice Gardener. Back then there were only 23 contributors – and no I was not featured 😦  but I had lots of fun. Fiesta Friday has grown over the past four years where Angie’s blog is now known as Fiesta Friday and contributors can number over 100 each week.

I have participated in most of them except for a time or two 🙂 I have been a co-host many times and this is what helps to keep Angie’s party going, so please think of volunteering. It is fun and a good way to meet bloggers and see all of the fantastic posts, and not just recipes.  A number of friends have come and gone for various reasons but there are always new ones. I still keep in touch with some. Angie and Fiesta Friday needs your support and participation. So, if you are looking to join a blog party, think about Fiesta Friday.

The two teams playing in 2018 Super Bowl LII are the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. May the best team win! I’m not a big football fan, other than college football,  but like many others I do enjoy the commercials and half time.

Linking  to Fiesta Friday 209

This weeks co-hosts are  Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Laurena @ Life Diet Health

I am going to include Mom’s Sloppy Joes which I failed to include in the 2014 post. We four kids grew up on this recipe – makes great sandwiches/sliders and you could even use the mixture for nachos!

Mom's Sloppy Joes, Adapted

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • some onion chopped and sautéed (I added)
  • 1 tbsp. mustard, can use a honey mustard and not add the sugar below
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. celery salt (I only used 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. onion salt (I only used 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • Sriracha sauce (I added 1/2 tbsp.)

Brown the meat and onions, drain and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low, covered, for 30 minutes.

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Below is my original post from  2014…

This is my first Fiesta Friday contribution to Angie’s site, The Novice Gardener, but it is actually SuperBowl 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 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.

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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.

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20 thoughts on “Fiesta Friday #1 Sliders for Super Bowl

  1. What a lovely piece Judi. I was at Novice Gardener too☺, but not right at the very beginning as I didn’t start blogging until 2015. One of the first posts of Angie’s I remember is pineapple flowers. I do recall reading posts but never writing on them, and now here I am co-hosting and writing on everyones! 👍🏼😀I’ve seen lots of mentions of sliders but never really understood them so I’m grateful for the explanation. Thanks as always for linking and sharing at Fiesta Friday ☺ Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


    • Hi Laurena – thanks so much. This post (where I’ve indicated) was my first post on Fiesta Friday #1. I can remember Angie asking me if I would participate and of course I said “yes”. Never belonged to a blog party before and it is still the only one I participate in. I still want to make those pineapple flowers! Sliders make the best sandwiches as they are small and if you’re still hungry you can always have two. You are doing a great job co-hosting as you try to engage each blogger in a positive way – keep up the good work 🙂

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      • Oh my! How could you not have made the pineapple flowers yet! 😛 Thank ‘you’ for co-hosting so often! and thank you for your kind words. I do intend to visit FF more often and so far the last few months I have made time! 😀 At least if I co-host I have to show up! 😛 x

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  2. Wow! It’s been four years already! How time flies so fast!
    These sliders look so good, Aunt Juju & the kitchen toy of yours is so cool! 😀 Thanks for always sharing your yummy recipes and amazing and inspiring stories.

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    • Thanks so much Jhuls – sliders are a favorite to serve at any gathering. Four years to the day almost – it is hard to believe! You are so welcome as I am always happy to share my recipes and I’m glad you like my stories too 🙂


  3. So sorry I missed this post!! It was a hectic week, what with the Eagles (our hometown team) being in the Super Bowl we were all caught up in the excitement. I honestly didn’t do much blogging that week, and missed so many posts linked to FF! Too many activities, pep rallies and parties to go to. I even had a party myself. Forgive me, please, if I seemed to ignore this wonderful post. Thank you so much, Judi, from the bottom of my heart. You’ve always been there for Fiesta Friday. We will always remember all the fun we’ve had over the years, whether or not Fiesta Friday continues to be. You will always be our cooking “aunt”. There are so many exceptional recipes that I’ve adapted from yours that have become family favorites. For that, I can’t thank you enough. 😘😘😘


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