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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Secret Ingredient Sliders

Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
While you'll never hear me complain about a simple, delicious steak thrown on the grill or in a sizzling hot skillet, there are so many other speedy solutions. Case-in-point, these sliders. The majority of the time it takes to make them is in the oven; aside from that, it's only a matter of mixing up a few ingredients.

Now, you may notice that they contain a secret ingredient - so please, go into this meal-making venture with an open mind. And assuming you don't have any family or friends with a nut allergy, try sliding the finished product in front of them at dinner time and have them try to guess what the secret ingredient is. A few sly palates may detect it, but most will be left guessing.

I've been making these sliders for over four years, all thanks to another blogger. This blogger no longer has a blog, but these are based on a recipe shared once by her brother-in-law. So, you may have guessed the ingredient by now; I gave a little hint above, or maybe you scrolled down and saw the photo. But for those who weren't really paying that close attention, it's peanut butter!

Peanut butter and beef? Believe it. It just works. With the addition of onions in a couple of forms, some soft dinner rolls buns, and your own choice of tasty toppings, you'll have your family clammoring for more once the secret ingredient has been revealed!

So, what do you say? Do you have the courage to slide this simple, surprising meal in front of your family this week? If you do, let me know the results!

Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Nobody can resist the lure of miniature burgers. Serve these to your family, and have them try to guess what the secret ingredient is!
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Secret Ingredient Sliders
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake entree nut-free soy-free beef peanut butter onions bacon American

Ingredients (16 sliders)
  • 2 pounds ground beef (85%-87% lean)
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
  • 16 dinner rolls (preferably white or wheat - not sweet)
  • 6 slices American cheese (or whatever kind you like)
  • 2 smallish-medium white onions, diced
  • 16 slices (1 pound) bacon, cooked
  • condiments, your choice
Preheat oven to 350° F. Set out a baking sheet; line it with foil, if you like.

Put meat, milk, soup mix and pb in large bowl and mix w/ your hands.

Dump the meat into the pan and use your hands to flatten and push it all the way out to the edges of the pan, so that you have one even layer.
a peek at the secret ingredient in Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Slide tray into preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove tray from oven and scatter the chopped onions all around the edges of the pan, where the meat has shrunk and the grease has pooled. Slide tray back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

While the meat is cooking lay the dinner rolls out and slice the open, leaving them connected at the edges, if you can.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven once again. Lay the slices of cheese over the meat. Lift the bottom half of the dinner rolls, flip them over, and set cut side down evenly over the meat. Set the tops, cut side facing up on top of those (this helps them soften and lightly toast). Carefully slide the pan back into the oven and cook for a final 10 minutes.
step three for making Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Remove the tray from the oven. Carefully lift off the "tops" of the rolls and set aside for a moment. Using a rolling pizza cutter, cut down the separation lines of the rolls and through the meat, dividing everything into 16 portions.
finishing the Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Use a thin, slotted spatula (like a fish spatula) to lift the sliders from the tray, and turn them over onto a serving platter or plates. Scoop the onions on top of the burgers. Break each piece of bacon in half and top a slider with the two halves. Pass the condiments and don't forget to add the top bun.
Secret Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders