Monday, November 11, 2013

Hawaiian Sliders



I honestly don't know how Mondays get here so fast!  I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving ever this year and I'm so excited that I started cleaning over the weekend.  I wiped down doors and baseboards and scrubbed all of the floors on my hands and knees.  Don't ask me why I did that last part so far in advance.  That was not very smart!  So I guess that's where my weekend went.  Time flies when you're having, er, fun?

I managed to get everything done just in time for football Sunday.  I even had a little time to spare so I whipped up some Hawaiian sliders.  It really doesn't get much easier than this recipe.  I had picked up some local grass fed beef from one of my favorite Lexington staples, Good Foods Co-op.  If you're ever in Lexington you must stop there.   They carry so many local goods and their bulk aisle is to die for.  I wish they would open another store a little closer to me.  They have a delicious cafe, too! Oops!  Got a little sidetracked.  Back to these sliders.  They are a great addition to any game day buffet or I served mine with sweet potato fries.  If anyone has perfected the homemade sweet potato fry, I beg you to share it with me.  I won't blog about it or try to steal it.  Ok.  I will blog about it but it will link directly to whomever shares it.  Mine never have that "fry" consistency.  It's really frustrating.  Obviously I'm having a hard time staying on track today so I'm just going to go ahead and post this recipe.

Hawaiian Sliders

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (I used 80/20)
2 tablespoons pineapple juice (mine came straight from a can of pineapple)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy)
2 teaspoons garlic powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.  Form into appropriate sized patties.  For sliders, I normally use about 2 tablespoons of the meat and flatten it out.  Remember they'll shrink while cooking.  These can be grilled or fried on the stove top.  I also grill pineapple rings for a burger topping and I used pepper jack cheese for an added kick.  Top with more barbecue sauce or your favorite burger toppings!  Enjoy and I hope your team wins!

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