Planning a New Year’s Eve Party? Try this wonderful, fun recipe. It will be a hit! Create great bonding moments by getting the kids involved in the preparation. They’ll love it. Don’t let the length of the directions concern you. The end product is well worth the wait! You will never feel the need to go to White Castle again. Trust me! When you are eating right, eating at fast food restaurants becomes a thing of the past.
Ground turkey thigh (has more flavor); a little over a pound makes about 18 sliders. I usually buy mine at Wholefoods Market.
Red pepper flakes
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (about 2-3 tsp.)
2 caps of soy sauce
Garlic and onion powder
1 tablespoon each: Basil and Oregano
1 egg white
Building the sliders, you’ll need:
Red onions, sliced (enough to put on each slider)
Swiss cheese slices, cut into fourths
Trader Joe’s Sirracha ranch dressing
Hawaiian roll-type buns (try to find a healthier version) or Trader Joe’s whole wheat dinner buns.
Thin slices of roma tomatoes
Cookie sheet pan
For the side:
Bag of Sweet Potato Chips
Place the meat in to a large bowl. Season to taste with: Sea salt, black pepper, garlic and onion powder and red pepper flakes (just to add a bit of interest and a little heat, not much because the Sirracha sauce has a bit of heat). Add basil and oregano.
Add Worcestershire sauce and 2 caps of soy sauce just to add another level of flavor and interest. Of course, if you make more than a pound or so, you would adjust your measurements.
Add one egg white. Mix all of this very well then make your sliders the size you desire: roll the seasoned meat into a ball and flatten out in the palm of your hands.
Heat up your cooking pan, stove top and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. Add your slider and cook on both sides until done. Once done, place them on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper so you don’t have a messy clean up once you are done cooking.
Next, slice some red onions and cook in another skillet on top of stove. The red onions add another punch of flavor. It’s all about flavor, not salt.
When done, place the onions on top of your meat. Take a slice of Swiss cheese (it’s low in salt and adds a bit of interest), cut it into 4 pieces and place 2 pieces on top of each burger. I place the onions first so the cheese can melt over it, holding the onions in place to prevent too much slipping and sliding as you assemble.
Turn on your oven broiler, then place the pan of sliders under the broiler just to melt the cheese a bit. Be careful, it melts pretty fast. You don’t want to over melt. You just want it nice and gooey.
Remove from the broiler. While the sliders are cooling a bit, you can pre-slice your buns if you need to and place your Sirracha sauce on the bottom and top half. Place your slider on the bun, top with a piece of tomato and a piece of lettuce. Use a toothpick to hold in place.
Tip: I took a chance and used Trader Joe’s Sirracha ranch dressing. It paid off! I am sure ketchup and mustard would work just as well if you don’t have the ranch dressing. Also, I can see Dijon mustard or honey mustard as options as well. I’m kind of sold on the Sirracha ranch dressing though. The Sirracha of course has a bit of heat which just makes the sliders that much more fun! I hope you and your family have fun making these and even more fun eating them! Get the children involved!
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