Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ghost's Kitchen: Barry's Football Sliders

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Barry's Football Sliders

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There are a few reasons I love to cook, but one of the more joyous reasons is being able to fix something that multiple people find enjoyable.  Being able to bring some small bit of happiness to others is a wonderful thing.  That's one reason I like parties and cooking meals for parties.  That is where today's recipe originated.

I was attending a party at a friend's house where everyone was doing a pot-luck.  At that point I hadn't really made food for multiple people so I asked the host, Barry, for a suggestion and he gave me his recipe for something called Football Sliders.  I was intrigued and decided to make them for the party and it was a general success.  Since that time I have made it for multiple other parties and a good 80% of them always get eaten and are enjoyed.  Today I would like to give you Barry's recipe in the hopes that you too can thrill party guests with this simple and flavorful treat.

Gather Your Ingredients
  • 1 lb Mild Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1/4th tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Packages of 12 Count Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
  • 6 slices Cheddar Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Measuring Cup and Spoons
  • Cutting Board and Knife (if not using pre-diced onion)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Frying Pan
  • Cooking Spray
  • Turner

1. Open and Cut Rolls
This recipe will make 24 sliders total so you will want to turn the rolls into slider buns

2. Slice/Divide Cheese
You will want to divide the cheese slices into 1/4ths so that you have enough cheese for every slider.

3. Dice Onion
It will take slightly less than 1/2 of an onion to make 1/2 cup. 

4. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl
Put the sausage, beef, onion, Worcestershire, and garlic powder in the bowl

5. Mix till uniform
Using your hands is the easiest way to mix these ingredients together.   Mix the ingredients till they are of a mostly uniform look.

6. Make 24 small patties
With your hands make small patties out of the raw ingredients.  It is wise to make all 24 before cooking as you may make some too large and need to borrow portions from larger ones to make a full 24 patties.

7. Grease pan and cook burgers
Fit as many as possible to reduce overall time.  I use a 10 inch pan and was able to place 12 patties on.

8. Ensure patties are fully cooked (obviously)
You may want to cut into one of the larger ones to make sure they aren't raw inside.

9. Assemble Slider
Place meat, cheese, and mayo on roll bun.  Please Note: If you are planning on taking these to a party DO NOT assemble before taking.  Your guests may not want cheese or mayo (though it is suggested as the meat is quite strong) so allow them to construct their own slider.

10. Serve and enjoy!

Additional Tip!
If you are planning to take these to a party you may be inclined to stack the cheese slices on top of each other.  While this can be done, the cheese slices tend to stick together causing people to touch everyone else's cheese and we don't really want that.  There is a simple solution

Take the plastic wrapping from around the cheese slices and cut them in half

This allows you to place a dividing layer between each of the cheese slices as seen in the picture below so that the cheese won't stick together.

As a secondary tip you may want to add a bread and butter pickle for just a little boost of flavor.  I hope Barry's Football Sliders will delight your party guests as much as they have mine!  I am very thankful to Barry for giving me this recipe as it has been not only useful but absolutely delicious.

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