Sunday, January 6, 2013

Baked Cheddar Beef Sliders

   This is one of my favorite food times of the year. Football play offs are here and it's finger food time. I love tailgating recipes, especially ones that you can do in your kitchen. It's January and I'm NOT going outside unless I have to so finger foods in the kitchen are my thing.
   I've been practicing for the big game and this weekend sliders were the experiment. I found a recipe for baking burgers in a pan like brownies. This was so easy to do.
  Layer onions in the bottom of pan, press burger on top like you do meatloaf and then bake. The cheese (and bacon if you wish) is added the last few minutes. I sprinkled cooked bacon on top the cheese, but the hubby thinks bacon right on the burger is better. Then you just cut to size for the buns you have. The first night we just cut into quarters for regular burgers, but later I cut them into 9 squares and they fit on silver dollar buns perfectly.

Baked Cheddar Beef Sliders
1/2 small onion, diced fine
a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce

1 lb. ground chuck, 80/20
4 slices American or Cheddar cheese slices

4 slices of bacon, cooked until almost done (optional)
9 small dinner rolls (silver dollar buns)
sprinkle of Kosher salt
sprinkle of McCormick's hamburger seasoning (about 1 tsp.)
condiments of choice - pickle, mustard, ketchup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 9x9x2 (square) baking pan with cooking spray.

Layer diced onions on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Spread ground meat over onions to sides of dish. Pat flat like a meatloaf.

Sprinkle with seasonings. Top with bacon slices. Bake for 20 minutes, then drain excess grease. Layer sliced cheese over meat so that edges slightly hang down yet over lap in center. Bake 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and cut into 9 squares. Serve on silver dollar buns. If you using dinner rolls, this should make 12.

Recipe easily doubled for 13x9x2 pan. If using dinner rolls, this should make 24 sliders.

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