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Monday, January 16, 2012

Sliders on a Stick

It is NFL playoff season and this means only ONE thing in our house; Saturdays and Sundays are consumed with football, food and friends.  Beyond my wildest fears my team, the Green Bay Packers, lost this weekend in a shocking turn of events and is now out of the Super Bowl running.  What to do?  My back up team (a.k.a. my husband's one and only) the Jets didn't even make the playoffs.  I am sad to say I think this may be the first Super Bowl in a very long time I haven't actually been excited about watching, the teams remaining are of minimal interest to me.  I think this year I may just cheer against a team instead of for a team.

Regardless.....the best part about football for me is the food.  Burgers, pizza, wings and fries.  Hoagies, sliders, cheese dip and potato chips.  Isn't it convenient that football comes to an end right when most of our resolutions to be healthier and get our weight on track begins?  Football means beer on Sunday afternoons, a reason to see friends and stay up way too late knowing you have to tackle Monday in a few short hours.  Football means hostessing and hostessing means providing delicious food for a crowd of hungry fans.

We had some friends over this Sunday and as is typically the case when two 7 month-old baby girls are calling the plays, I needed to make an appetizer that we were able to tackle with one hand.  I wanted something familiar, yet unique.  When babies are occupying your every move and you can't quite sit down and enjoy a plate of food with forks and knives (like refined adults), you need to plan accordingly.

Skewers.  I started thinking about skewers.  Skewers and sliders.  But wouldn't the bun fall off the stick?  Yes.  Indeed. And this would be problematic.  But....what if I eliminated the bun?  What if I made a delicious slider, but on a skewer, with a delightful zesty dip?  It was risky, but I was up to the challenge.

The result is below and I must say, this is now one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE appetizer recipes.  It tastes divine, it looks festive and orderly when plated and it is a SO EASY yet looks and tastes SO INVOLVED.  Perfect for your pending NFL playoff or Super Bowl parties, perfect for a light dinner at home that your kids can help you assemble (and will LOVE to eat), perfect for a playgroup or girls night in.

I hope you enjoy this delightful little recipe....I thought about keeping it to myself but, alas, I am too thrilled with the result not to share it with you.

1 1/4 Lb. Organic Grass Fed Ground Sirloin
6 Ounces Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cut into 1.5 inch squares approximately 1/4 inch thick

4 Organic Roma Tomatoes, washed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

3 - 4 Large Whole Kosher Dill Pickles, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1 Cup Organic Ketchup
1 Cup Organic Light Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Sweet Relish
1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
10 6-inch Bamboo Skewers

In a small mixing bowl, mix ketchup, mayonnaise and relish until well-combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Spray a large electric skillet with cooking spray and preheat to 350 degrees (or you can heat up the grill if weather allows)

  • Divide meat into 1.5 inch circles approximately 1/2 inch thick, flatten to make 10 - 12 patties
  • Sprinkle evenly with garlic salt and pepper and place in skillet, covering for five minutes

  • Flip patties and re-cover, allowing to cook for another five minutes
  • Uncover, reducing heat to simmer 
  • Place one slice of cheese on each patty and re-cover for an additional 5 minutes (the goal is to get the cheese to melt enough to stay on the patty but not to be completely melted)

  • Remove patties from skillet and place on paper towel to drain excess grease from bottoms 
  • Stack each patty with a tomato slice, followed by a pickle
  • Skewer with bamboo through the center of each stack and place on round plate surrounding a small dish
  • Spoon prepared dip into dish and serve immediately

  • Enjoy!
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  1. I will be making this for our Super Bowl party! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Great! Let me know how they turn out!

  3. Thanks for linking up with lovelinks, Meg! I'm an AFC gal, so even with my NFC boyfriend Aaron Rodgers out of the Super Bowl, I can still root for the Patriots. Never ever in a million years will I root for the Ravens, so I need the Pats to win this weekend.

    You only need one super cool button badge on your post. Unless you just couldn't decide between the two. Then I totally understand.

  4. Oh Oh OH! This is super fantastic! Must TRY! :)
    My kiddos love sliders - why not make them finger foods!?
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks Erica, love Lovelinks! Lindsey - thank you, I hope your kids enjoy them as much as we do!

  6. Looks yummy. I don't know much about football other then there is still a small dispute over the shape of a ball, which used to be round when I was growing up :) But with food like this, you will have me glued on the couch all day!

  7. Lol, Stasha! And yes, football is an excellent excuse to kick back on the couch with some delicious treats!

  8. If I show my husband this right now, I could almost guarantee we'd be eating it tomorrow - but I wanna save it for game day - so awesome thanks for sharing, and sorry about your packers :(

  9. The skewers look awesome!

    Just promise me you won't be rooting against the Pats...

  10. They're almost like mini hamburgers, what an excellent idea! I'll be trying these out for sure. Thanks :)

  11. Ooh! Those sliders look AWESOME. I'm not a huge pro football fan, so when a superbowl party comes around, I'm always more interested in what's to eat, anyway. I'll be over around 6 - sound good?

  12. Brandy - lol, my husband asked for them again the next day, ha! Ican', Andrea & Laura - thanks for the kudos, I know you will love them!

  13. Yum! I craved cheeseburgers with kid 1, and I think this would have be an awesome dish for that!

  14. Alison - thanks! I thought it was quite the clever idea too, if I do say so myself, ha! Jackie - I agree, and of course the topping possibilities are endless....I am already working on several different versions :).

  15. Yay!!! Lovelinks is awesome, yes?!

    These are also awesome. When the Bengals make the playoffs and WIN a game I'll make them. Until then we're pouting!

  16. Jamie...YES! Love me some Lovelinks :) Thanks for suggesting and talking me through it - as for the Bengals.....MAYBE next year :)