Game Day Sliders

I love football season. I’m a huge college football fan (Go Buckeyes!) and nothing makes me happier than cooking up a bunch of game day goodies for friends and family and then spending my entire Saturday in front of the tv watching football and drinking beer all day. Oh how I love football Saturdays.

I made this recipe for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and it was a huge hit at a little football party I went to. These are simple to make and soooo good. Men may propose marriage to you though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Oh my, look at this bad boy…screw kale chips. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your mouth watering yet?

RECIPE: Game Day Sliders

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 block (8 ounce) cheddar cheese

1 package,  Lipton Onion Soup Mix

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon garlic power

1 package (12 count) mini hamburger/slider buns

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shred 1/2 block of the cheddar cheese (should yield about 1 cup). Slice the other half of the cheese block into 12 thin slices and wrap in saran wrap and put back in refrigerator.

2. In a medium sized bowl, thoroughly mix ground beef, 1 cup shredded cheese, onion soup mix, mayonnaise, and garlic powder.

3. Press/flatten hamburger into a 9×13 pan to form a thin layer (about 1/4 thick). Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until cooked through.

4. Remove from oven and cut hamburger into 12 squares with a pizza cutter or knife. Top with slices of cheese and then place on buns.

5. I individually wrapped the buns in foil and then baked another 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese. They worked perfect for the party because the foil kept them warm. However, to save time, you can just put the buns in a large pan and cover with foil and bake as well.

Serve with pickles (optional).

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a spicy alternative, substitute pepper jack cheese for the cheddar cheese and add one finely chopped jalapeno to the hamburger mixture. Mmmm. Sooo delicious.

Notes:

1. If you want to save calories, you can skip the addition of the cheese slices.  I happen to love cheese but they still taste wonderful without the cheese slices.

2. If you can’t find mini hamburger/slider buns, you can also use hot dog buns (cut in half or thirds), hawaiian rolls, or dinner rolls. If you use the rolls or cut the hot dog buns into thirds, they are smaller and will typically yield closer to 24 sliders so you will want to cut your hamburger into smaller pieces.

Baked Kale Chips

Yes, this is me. Retro Dinner Diva… lover of mashed potatoes, cheese, and all things fried posting a Baked Kale Chips recipe.  Yes, kale. You know the leafy green healthy stuff? Let me explain, I’m trying to diet and well, I’ve completely lost my mind. Simple as that.  🙂

No, in all seriousness…..I stumbled across a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine a few months ago about baked kale. I was amazed by the fact that kale could apparently bake up super crispy and I thought “I have got to try this!”  Plus, kale is loaded with calcium, Vitamin K, magnesium, beta carotene, and folic acid. It’s really, really good for you. It is. So, I thought, why not? It’s worth a try. Let’s do this.

RECIPE: Baked Kale Chips

So here goes, the ingredients are simple:

A bunch of kale

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Sea Salt

That’s all! I used a bought a big bag of pre-chopped kale like this, which made this recipe very easy.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss about 4 cups chopped kale with 1 tablespoon olive oil and spread out evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake 10-15 minutes.

A few important notes:

1. Use caution when salting because the kale shrinks when cooking and you run the risk of it being too salty. I used only about 1 teaspoon of sea salt.

2. Cook the kale until crispy and the tips are just starting to lightly brown. If you overcook the kale, it will taste burnt.

3. If you wash and chop a fresh bunch of kale, make sure to dry the kale with paper towels. If the kale is wet, it will cause it to steam in the oven and you will have soft, wilted kale versus crispy, delicate kale.

So, how do they taste? Well, they were very, very crispy. I was amazed at how crispy and thought that was very cool. When researching baked kale recipes on the internet, I saw so many people saying how wonderful and good and addictive they were. I’m not sure I’d go that far. I’ll be honest, they have a slightly bitter aftertaste….but kale is a somewhat bitter green so that’s to be expected. And it tastes similar to broccoli. I happen to love broccoli so that was fine with me. However, if you don’t like broccoli, you probably will not like these broccoli tasting potato chip like thingies. Overall, they were easy to make, tasted decent, and are so healthy that I suppose I can occasionally substitute my favorite Salt N’ Vinegar chips with them. 🙂

Feel free to season them up how you want. Play around a little! Add some pepper, garlic powder, or seasoned salt instead of sea salt. Or toss with some Tabasco and sprinkle with cayenne and red pepper flakes for spicy chips. I also tossed one batch of mine with a little soy sauce which gave them a nice, salty Asian flare.  You’ve got to try them at least once. Come on!