Delish Thursday: Oh Yeah! Sloppy Joe Sliders
It’s finally summertime!
Summer: the flip-flop, slow moving, sparkling, lazy days! How we love summer!
It calls for vacations, cold, cold drinks, light clothing, bare feet and long days of sunshine.
I really love summer!
Our cooking changes in the summer as well as our footwear and clothing. No one wants to have the oven on -- or at least only for very short periods of time. No one wants a crockpot full of hot soup. No one wants heavy, warm meals.
The best summer meals consist of cool, fresh fruits and salads, grilled food and lots of cold beverages.
I love to serve hamburgers or sloppy joes, salad and lots of cold watermelon.
Today I am sharing my favorite sloppy joe slider recipe.
It isn’t grilled but it is a quick heat in the oven. It feeds a family for a minimum amount of effort.
Serve this with some cold watermelon or fruit salad and some salty chips or crunchy veggies and your meal is complete.
SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS
Servings: 12 sliders
- 1 12-count package of Hawaiian rolls
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Parmesan cheese (powdered)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Without separating the rolls, cut the entire loaf in half horizontally and place the bottom half on a 9X13” baking sheet. Sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Set aside.
- To make the meat mixture, cook the ground beef, garlic and diced onion until the ground beef is cooked through and the onions are softened. Drain off the excess fat.
- While the ground beef is cooking, stir together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper and water.
- Once you have drained the fat from the cooked ground beef, lower the heat and stir in the ketchup mixture. Let the meat mixture cook until thickened to a sloppy joe consistency, about 5 minutes.
- Spoon the meat mixture over the bottom halves of the rolls. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- To make the glaze, in a microwave-safe bowl melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Brush over the sliders making sure each slider gets coated. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sliders are golden brown.
Delish Thursday is a KDXU weekly feature written by local St. George culinary expert Laura Squires. Laura doesn't have a restaurant or bakery, but if you've ever tasted her food, you know that she is one of the best food artists in the world! Laura has been a resident of Southern Utah for more than 30 years.