It does not seem like I have been blogging for three years!
I really don't have a special blog post for my anniversary this year, as I've been extremely busy with my daughter's parent teacher organization and I caught a cold. Bummer.
Anyway, with the upcoming Super Bowl...... GO BRONCOS!!!...... there was absolutely no way I was going to leave you hanging.
I love sliders, and they just so happen to be a fabulous Super Bowl party food. They are perfect because you can make many different variations.
I decided to go with classic italian flavors: mozzarella, basil, and sun dried tomatoes. Simple, yet tasty.
These did not disappoint! Make them for your Super Bowl party. You'll definitely be glad you did...
For the Sun Dried Tomato Spread:
- 2/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup, plus 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream (Light Sour Cream works, as well)
- 1/4 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil, Roughly Chopped
- Finely Ground Sea Salt, To Taste
- Coarsely Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
For the Sliders:
- 1 Pound 80% 10% Ground Beef
- 1/2 Pound Ground Pork
- 1-1/2 Teaspoons Finely Ground Sea Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Fresh Basil, Roughly Minced
- Olive Oil, For Grilling
- Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced
- Half and Half Blend of Lettuce, or a lettuce blend of your choice
- Red Onion, Sliced (Optional)
- Slider Rolls/Buns
Combine all the sun dried tomato ingredients in a small food processor or blender. Pulse until blended. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Place into a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat a stove top griddle, grill side up, on medium/low heat. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the beef, pork, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil. Mix, using your hands, just until combined. Do not over work the meat. Pat the meat into 2 to 3 inch rounds, about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.
Brush the hot grill with olive oil, so the patties do not stick. Place the patties onto the grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until done. Place a slice of fresh mozzarella onto the cooked patty.
Take a roll/bun and separate. On the bottom, place some of the lettuce blend. Add the onion, if using. Top the lettuce with a cooked patty. Dollop about a tablespoon amount of the sun dried tomato spread onto the cooked patty. Finally, add the top piece of the roll/bun. Makes 8 to 10 sliders, depending upon how big you make them. Serve with potato chips or french fries.