Cheeseburger Sliders

My family is a huge fan of burgers, and burgers of any type. Everyone has their ‘go to’ burger and as I typically go the most extreme in terms of condiments and toppings, everyone else takes it pretty easy. One will do just cheese, the other just bacon, and the other, well, let’s just say she refuses to eat them. I’m fine with that. I really am. One of my favorites however is the simple cheeseburger slider. Maybe it was when I fell in love with them when my parents would travel to Indiana and stop by White Castles and grab a bag of sliders. Who knows. The cheeseburger slider, along with some nice pickles just makes everything better.

Cheeseburger Sliders

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Package of King’s Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • 1/2 pound of ground chuck, shaped into 2 ounce patties
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices of Cheddar or American cheese
  • pickles

Simple. Love it.

Start by forming your patties into 2 ounce portions, a bit larger than a golf ball. Be gentle with these as you do not want to overwork the meat. Season both sides with salt. To one side, make a thumbprint in the middle. Continue with the remaining ground chuck. This should make about 6 sliders.

Heat a large, cast iron skillet, or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, about 1 minute or so, add as many burgers as you can, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.

Sear the patties on one side and do not touch them for a few minutes, just let them get nice and caramelized.

Once caramelized, flip each burger, and season with a bit of cracked black pepper. Cook for another minute, then add about 1/2 of a slice of cheddar or American cheese to the top of each patty.

Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and cover. This process gets some awesome steam going and quickly melts the cheese.

Add each patty to a sliced, King’s Hawaiian roll, and top with a pickle, or serve pickles on the side.

You can add condiments if you want, but to me, the simplicity says it all when it comes to beef and cheese.

Cheeseburger Sliders
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Recipe type: Burgers
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Package of King's Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • ½ pound of ground chuck, shaped into 2 ounce patties
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices of Cheddar or American cheese
  • pickles
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patties into 2 ounce portions, a bit larger than a golf ball. Be gentle with these as you do not want to overwork the meat. Season both sides with salt. To one side, make a thumbprint in the middle. Continue with the remaining ground chuck. This should make about 6 sliders.
  2. Heat a large, cast iron skillet, or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, about 1 minute or so, add as many burgers as you can, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.
  3. Sear the patties on one side and do not touch them for a few minutes, just let them get nice and caramelized.
  4. Once caramelized, flip each burger, and season with a bit of cracked black pepper. Cook for another minute, then add about ½ of a slice of cheddar or American cheese to the top of each patty.
  5. Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and cover. This process gets some awesome steam going and quickly melts the cheese.
  6. Add each patty to a sliced, King's Hawaiian roll, and top with a pickle, or serve pickles on the side.
  7. You can add condiments if you want, but to me, the simplicity says it all when it comes to beef and cheese.

 

Enjoy! Are you all fans of cheeseburger sliders or do you just go all in and load them up with toppings and condiments?

 

Cocozia – Product Review

Not too long ago I was fortunate to try a new product on the market called Cocozia. Cocozia is 100% organic, has no pulp, no sugar or preservatives and not from concentrate. Who doesn’t love that idea, right?  I have tried various brands of coconut water, and to be honest, I have never really enjoyed them. I want go off to name those brands, but let’s just say I never have went back to buy them again, so I will admit that I was a bit skeptical when trying Cocozia.

Cocozia Product Review

The box of Cocozia arrived, including 12, 11.1 ounces of pure coconut juice. I put a few in the refrigerator and left the others in the box. When my wife returned home from work, she questioned what it was and I had her try one out of the box. My wife, being part Filipino, has traveled to the Philippines on a couple of occasions and has had the street side, fresh coconut water from various street folk. As she began drinking this, she immediately stated how pure this Cocozia was and that in fact it tasted as if it was coming straight out of a coconut!

I grabbed one out of the refrigerator, and popped the top adhesive and began chugging it down. As with any coconut water, personally I think it has a bit of a smell, and you are either going to love that, or dislike it. Personally I was on the side of disliking the smell, but loving the taste of Cocozia.

Let’s just say we loved Cocozia. Being in the pure sense, this stuff was like magic liquid, and we drank one every day, it was that good.

If you do not know the benefits of pure coconut water, well, they are pretty amazing in themselves. Some of the benefits are boosts hydration, aids in weight-loss, better for your skin, helps with digestion, and reduces blood pressure.

My wife and I agreed, Cocozia was awesome and we would definitely purchase the water. You can find Cocozia online.

Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac n’ Cheese

I’m a huge fan of mac n’ cheese. You all should know that by now. I’ve made everything from a Cajun mac n’ cheese, a nacho style mac and cheese,  a mac and cheese loaded with bacon and jalapenos, a buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and even a mac cheese loaded with beer. You get the idea. I love me some mac and cheese. So it wasn’t too long ago where my colleague had mentioned when travelling he was eating at some restaurant and noticed they had a roast beef mac and cheese. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but thought it would be awesome in flavor, and that’s when I decided to make a roast beef and giardiniera mac and cheese.  Let’s just say it was awesome.

Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac 'n Cheese

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound penne past, cooked under al dente
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz giardiniera, oil strained
  • 1/2 pound deli style roast beef, chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Cook your pasta, drain, and set it to the side.

Start by adding a pot on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it come to a bubble. During this time, heat a skillet on medium heat and add in the canola oil. Toss in the roast beef into the skillet, and cook until slightly crisp. This is for some texture.

Once the butter has come to a bubble, add in the flour, and begin stirring with a wooden spoon for a minute or two to cook out the flour flavor. Once lightly browned, slowly pour in the milk, and turn up the heat just slightly. Use a whisk to break up the cooked flour, then continue stirring with a wooden spoon.  The sauce will begin to thicken. That is the awesome part. As soon as it comes to a simmer and the sauce has thickened, reduce the heat, and slowly add in the cheese. Do this in batches until you have a nice creamy sauce.

Add in the slightly crispy roast beef, along with the giardiniera. Give it a good stir and pour into a casserole dish.

How to make Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac and Cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place the casserole dish into the oven and cook, uncovered for 20 minutes, or until nice and bubbly.

The end result was total comfort food. It was everything you love in a mac and cheese but then loaded with the roast beef, and ever so spicy and vinegary giardiniera. My wife, who did not realize there was giardiniera stated she loved those vegetables and little did she know that it was giardiniera as she would never eat that on a sandwich. Win! Hope you enjoy!

Spicy Stir Fried Celery

I don’t know if you are like me, but it often bothers me when I go to the store and buy a bunch of celery, let’s say for just using it in chili, and granted it is a bit pricey (as far as I am concerned), and then you are left with a bunch of leftover celery. The celery is placed in my bottom refrigerator door, and if not opened in time, well it gets forgotten and then tossed. Never a good thing. So recently I decided to combat that waste and do something different with the celery, and turn it into a spicy stir fried celery.

Spicy Stir Fried Celery

I wanted to have the celery shine and as I was thinking about what I could do with the ribs of celery, I looked over to my lazy susan filled with condiments, and immediately looked at the Chinese fried red chili oil I had made in the summer.

Let’s get started.

  • 4 ribs of celery, but into large match sticks
  • 3 tbsp Chinese chili oil
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt, to taste

Start by heating a large skillet, on medium-high heat, for about one minute.

How to make spicy stir fried celery

Add the chili oil, and toss in the celery. Cook for about 3 minutes, tossing and stirring along the way. Remove and pour onto a plate. Season with salt, and shower with the crushed peanuts.

Dig in.

The result is really, really good. If you have not made the chili oil yet, please do it. IT’S AWESOME. The great thing about this recipe is that it goes really quick, and it is a great use of celery. The subtle spiciness, along with the peanuts, really make this a great side dish, or snack for that matter. Hope you enjoy.

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