Good Things Come In Small Packages

Who says bigger is better? Not when it comes to hamburgers! Tonight we are having sliders for dinner. You know- the little, cute burgers on the tiny buns that everybody loves. Sliders are back in (were they ever out?) and boy, are they fun to make and eat. This is a great, easy way to make a fast dinner and let your kids be involved in the preparation without killing anyone!

In terms of prep, there is nothing to them. They are drop dead easy. The hardest part is deciding what to top them with. Otherwise, it is just ground sirloin shaped into 2” diameter patties, thrown on a grill or frying pan for a few moments and placed on a small bun. These are so easy, I’m kind of embarrassed that I am even writing about it. Still, it’s food like this that gets me through a tough day…so I’m sharing!

Now, when it comes to the topping of your burger, let the small size free you. Remember, you get to eat several. You can experiment! I want you to think of the slider as a little food canvases that you can turn into a masterpiece and have fun with it! Try one with blue cheese, or a really good cheddar. Cook some bacon and caramelize some onions (takes 20 minutes) and see what happens when you create a burger with them (throw some cheese in too for the whole heart attack bait experience!) Have one with arugula and Parmesan, Monterey Jack and guacamole, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil, all of the above. Mix it up-there’s still plenty of room for ketchup and mustard too!

So, like I said, bigger is not better when it comes to hamburgers and I promise, when you bite into your creative slider (and eat half of it in the first bite!) you’ll be thrilled you have several more to try before your meal is finished!

Caramelized Onions with Balsamic and Bacon (pictured on the slider above)

2 medium red onions-sliced
6 strips bacon
¼ c. Balsamic vinegar
½ c. coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley

Cook bacon in a medium sauté pan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. Pour off all but 2-3 T bacon fat. Add sliced onions and cook until soft and golden. Add balsamic and cooked bacon to onions. Cook until liquid evaporates-about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add parsley. Serve.

May be served at room temp.

May be made ahead and reheated in microwave.

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