I am a big fan of eating appetizer style. Big, big fan…ok, Huge! I absolutely love going to restaurants and ordering several different appetizers and sharing family style. And sliders are always one of the top pics. My husband on the other hand…not so much. He wants that one big, beautiful plate and he wants it all to himself! So, I usually save the appetizers for parties and holiday menus.
If you’re like me, it’s easy to get into an appetizer rut. Oh, I start out with the best of intentions. I tell myself every year “this year is going to be different! I’m going to find new recipes and mix things up a bit.” I begin researching, start putting the feelers out to family and friends. “What do you think about this or that idea?”…Before I know it, it’s the day before the festivities and I’ve got nothing! Back to the same old tried and true stand-bye’s. Safe but boring. Zzzzzz. Sound familiar? How about when you’re going to a Super Bowl party and end up bringing the same old queso dip and chips you’ve brought for the last 3 years? Been there-done that!
This year I finally followed through and tried a whole new appetizer menu on Christmas eve. Trust me when I tell you this was no easy feat. Each of my family members has there favorites and weren’t too keen on me changing everything up! Not to mention the picky eaters, and the no beef eaters, etc. Ugh..makes my head spin! If I was going to turn our appetizer world upside down successfully, I was going to need to have at least one grand slam. “Hmm. Which food items do we all enjoy?” THREE WORDS: Turkey, bacon and cheese!
I found a recipe searching those 3 ingredients – and with a little tweaking of my own, not only hit a grand slam, but hit it out of the park and into the next hemisphere! So flavorful and delicious that the leftovers were eaten cold the next morning! I have found the mother load of all appetizers. A little piece of Heaven on earth. So filled with the perfect amount of cheesy goodness wrapped in such sweet caramelized onion-y joy. The kind that makes you absolutely wonder, “what can I ever do to top this?”
If you’re looking for a grand slam appetizer, (and of course you are) or want to be the Super Bowl half-time appetizer party guru, look no further!
I give you: my take on the Kentucky Hot Brown Slider
Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time:50 min
If you are prepping for a party over 5 -10 people…double this recipe!!!
- 1 Pkg Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls, split in half
- *12 slices turkey
- *6 slices thick cut bacon
- 6 slices Gruyere cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 Tbs finely diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves finely minced
- 2 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tsp worcestershire sauce
- ** pinch of chipotle spice or creamed horseradish
Let’s talk about the bacon for a minute. I believe part of what makes this turkey slider so good is the type of, and manner in which you cook the bacon. So, while you should do what works best for you, this is my take: Use a thick cut, maple or brown sugar bacon. The flavors will truly add to the overall profile of the turkey slider. And bake it. It takes a little longer to prepare, but baked bacon has a wonderful chewy bite rather than the traditional crispy, which in this case lends itself well to the sandwich.
Cover a baking sheet in foil and place a small bakers cooling rack on top. Bake at 300 degrees F approx 20 minutes or until desired doneness.
This is what mine looks like when done. Gorgeous, right? And no scrubbing of the pan afterwards. Hello! Once cooled, slice or cut each piece in half.
While the bacon is cooling, slice rolls in half lengthwise and set tops aside.
Spread a light layer of mayonnaise across roll bottoms.
**Want to spice things up a bit? The time is now. Add a pinch of chipotle spice or creamed horseradish in with your mayonnaise before you spread it on. Pizzaz–oh yeah!!
On to the turkey. I get mine sliced at the deli counter. I use an oil browned breast with the least amount of additives. Why? Simply because it tastes most like the real deal Thanksgiving turkey. Trust me, while I appreciate and typically try to eat great-healthy food, I’m also not a “food snob.” I love the great tasting, bad for ya, brightly colored snacks as much as the next person. But here’s the thing: wether it’s a fried food, or steamed to a healthy dieters delight, it needs to taste its best and you deserve my honest opinion. If I’ve found a way to cut a few calories or increase the taste value by adding a few..then that’s exactly what I’m going to pass along to you. Count on it. It’s about fabulous food. Sometimes that means healthy, and here and there…it means we get to indulge a bit.
Have the deli slice your turkey to a medium sandwich style thickness. You don’t want it so thin it’s considered a shaving, you want to be able to roll it. Again, it’s about preference here and you should use what you like best.
Cheese. If you are new to Gruyere, you may be a little…shall we say taken aback by the smell of this one. Like blue and other bold cheeses, Gruyere has a very pungent strong smell. Trust me, it doesn’t taste anything like it smells once it’s heated. It totally mellows out and its fabulous!!
Tear each piece in half to create 12 slices.
Parmesan: I like to buy a wedge and use a fine sized grater when the need arises simply because we need such a small amount at any given time and the shelf life on the pre grated is much shorter. I’m always throwing it out. 🙁
Cut each bacon strip in two and assemble your sandwiches. Replace Tops.
Spray the sides and bottom of a square baking dish of your choice and arrange sandwiches so they’re touching. I prefer a 9 inch cake pan as the sliders sit nice and snug in rows of 3 and it has tall sides for trapping juices. However as long as the turkey sliders fit and it’s oven proof-don’t get hung up here and definitely DON’T go out and buy a new pan just for the is recipe. Use whatever square or oblong pan you have.
In a 10″ skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; Stirring continuously, cook until tender. Approx 2-3 minutes.
Whisk in brown sugar and worcestershire sauce and continue to cook until sugar has dissolved and mixture is frothy and somewhat thickened. About 1-2 more minutes. Let sauce sit for 1 minute. Or until it stops boiling and settles.
Using a rubber bbq sauce/basting brush, drench each slider with the sauce. Make sure to get those yummy onion bits on each one!
Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 2-3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 5 more minutes or until golden brown .
Plate and serve, or re-tent and plate at the festivities when ready. Either way, be prepared… you’re about to be catapulted into appetizer heroism!
Same Ol’ chips n dips?? Not me, and now-certainaly not you!!
Recipe adapted from: Theseasonedmom
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