6.24.2009

Sliding into Summer


The lazy days of summer have not been very lazy around our house yet. We have been greatly anticipating the end of the school year so that we could stroll on the beach, lay by the pool, and generally not adhere to any schedule. Self-inflicted activities for the kids, cooking for a couple clients for me, and a new job for The Husband has equated to a hectic first week of summer. The busy days coupled with my recent lack of fresh and new dinner ideas has resulted in my blog being sadly neglected.

I have managed to stop by my favorite blogs during the past week and one in particular gets a daily read from me. Big Red Kitchen is written by Robin Sue and in my next life I am going to come back as her. Loaded with recipes, party ideas, menu planning, and tales of her foodie travels, her blog always is an interesting read.

After opening my refrigerator this afternoon and noticing the empty shelves, I decided it was time to stock up on quick foods to heat and eat. First up on my list of items to make for my bare refrigerator was Robin Sue's recipe for White Castle Sliders. Mini burgers with onions and melted cheese are the perfect grab and go lunch, afternoon snack or dinner. Pair the sliders with California Cole Slaw, Fennel Apple Slaw with Blue Cheese, or Lemony Garbanzo and Edamame Salad for a complete meal.

Make a double batch of these tasty burgers so you will have enough for the refrigerator and some for the freezer.

Thanks Robin Sue!!

Sliders
Sliding into Summer Sliders
adapted from a recipe on Big Red Kitchen

makes 24
1/2 cup dried onion flakes
about 1 1/2 pounds ground beef - 90/10 ground beef
seasoned salt
pepper
6 slices American cheese, cut into 4 squares
24 small party rolls- I use Martin's Potato Bread Party Rolls

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant pattie. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the pattie. Cut into 24 patties and top with cheese. Return to oven for 1 more minute. Slice open and separate each party roll. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter. Using a spatula lift pattie with onion layer onto each bun bottom. Top each slider with the bun lid.

Note- Store these upside-down in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will prevent the bottom bun from getting soggy from the onion layer. To reheat, place a few on a microwave safe plate and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds then 5 second increments after that until warm through.

19 comments:

Denise said...

These look so good. Sliders are the new hot thing right now. They are kid friendly, as well. Yum!

Bellini Valli said...

Sliders are perfect so that you can eat plenty of salad as well:D

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

How funny. I just bookmarked this slider recipe to make this weekend. You know what they say....great minds and all.

Patsyk said...

It does seem like sliders are the hot food item these days! Yours look way better than the White Castle ones!

JoAnn said...

I made those Sliders a few weeks ago when Robin first posted them and my family loved them. So easy!
I've actually gotten a lot of recipes from your site and hers lately and have enjoyed all I've made. It's better than digging through a cookbook!

Martha said...

I will check out that recipe. I didn't realize you could freeze them; sounds perfect for the kiddos to heat up for lunch when I'm at work.

Robin Sue said...

Amy so glad you liked the bugers! I am laughing now because my blog has been so lacking this week with the kids being home- We have been making friendship bands, hemp anklets, and bead rings, reading all kinds of books and exploring. Pretty bohemian! I am having so much fun but the blog suffers! I guess we are all in the same boat right now. Enjoy your day, I think the rain has stopped for a while down here!

finsmom said...

I love tiny food - it means you get to eat more :)
These look amazing!

gigiofca said...

Thanks for this!

Should they be put in the freezer upside down, too? Or will they freeze fast enough that the bottom bun won't get soggy?

Aggie said...

Wow, these are awesome! Never thought to make them this way either, will be giving them a try and I'm sure my family will love me for it!! Thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

mmmm perfect..little 2 bite burgers.yum

EAT! said...

gigiofca - no they don't need to be upside down. just cool completely and freeze in a ziploc bag.

teresa said...

Oh these look wonderful! We love sliders at our house!

Heidi said...

Yum Yum. Can't wait to try these out!

gigiofca said...

EAT! - Thanks so much! I am so excited for these, I cannot tell you. It is the perfect portion control item. :-)

Lone Acorn said...

In summers one wants to make dishes which are easy to cook. No one wants to put in hours of efforts in making food in the hot kitchen. I think I can replace beef with chicken in it....

Colleen said...

Yum, sliders! My husband will love these!

Kristen said...

I love Robin too - she is a great blogger and seems to do it all!

gigiofca said...

Thanks again. I made them and they are perfect. The first batch came out ok. I tried adding Worchestershire (sp) sauce, which didn't work. They were fine, but it's not a necessary addition. And DH didn't like the onion flakes.

On the next batch I added lots of seasoning, no sauce or onions. I cut them way too big last time so I was sure to cut them much smaller.

I froze them and they're so handy to take for lunch, etc... This is such a good recipe for us because the reality is we are going to eat burgers & fries, so if I can do it in a healthy way I feel better about it.