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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Balsamic Maple Sliders

I love sliders. I think there's just something about eating a mini version of an item that is so adorable. Not to mention, I feel like less of a pig by munching on a 'dainty' slider versus one humongous burger. I was really intrigued by the title of the recipe because I had never combined balsamic and maple and used them in a burger. When I read the recipe, I realized that they got a balsamic maple burger by using a very specific maple balsamic vinegar, which when I clicked the 'order online' link showed me it was about $15 a bottle. Well, that certainly isn't happening. I decided to figure out how to make something similar by using balsamic vinegar and lite maple syrup. These little guys are so good! The maple adds a sweet component that helps make the balsamic vinegar not as tangy. Top that with a slice of provolone or mozzarella (I used a Sarrgento blend) and I can eat these like Tic Tacs!

Ingredients- Yields 6 sliders
-1/2 pound ground beef
-6 Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls
-2 tablespoons ketchup
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
-2 tablespoons lite maple syrup
-Salt & pepper
-1 egg, whisked
-Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese

1. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup.

2. In a separate larger bowl, place the ground beef. Pour sauce over beef (reserve a teaspoon or two to spread on slider buns) and add minced garlic, stir to combine. Pour in half of the whisked egg. If too loose when you try and make a slider, add more egg to bind.

3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add sliders and cook 4 minutes. Dash each with a little balsamic vinegar, then flip and cook another 4 minutes. Spread a little sauce on one side of a bun and top with a square of provolone or mozzarella cheese. I added sauteed onions on mine as well.

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