1.30.2014

homemade white castle sliders

Any plans for the Super Bowl?  We always end up watching at home because of Al's work schedule.  I don't mind since I really couldn't care less about the outcome of the game.  I do love the Super Bowl for a few reasons though.  The commercials, the Puppy Bowl, but mostly the FOOD!  All the dips and finger-foods and the fact that you eat constantly for about 4 hours -- it's my heaven.  


With that said - how's your game day menu look?  I think you'll need to make room for one more item because you HAVE to make these sliders.  Look how cute they are!

They taste just like White Castle and couldn't be easier to make.  Let me show you (full recipe at the bottom)...

Step 1:  The ingredients.  That's all of them (well, add in salt and pepper).  You must use 80% ground beef or this wont work.  The beef is the star, so get good stuff -organic etc.  I love Pat LaFreida has a line of meat for Fresh Direct.  And I think the Martin's brand buns are just as critical. 

Step 2:  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Step 3:  Sprinkle some minced onions in the bottom a glass or oven-proof square baking dish.  As much as you like.  They really just add great flavor.

Step 4:  Using your fingers, GENTLY spread the ground beef on top of the onions.  Don't pack it too hard here or they burgers get tough.  Just little pats on that beautiful meat until it covers the pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 5:  Take a straw and poke holes in the meat.  You don't need to press firmly, just a quick tap down and up all over the meat.  This allows some of the grease to pool at the top so you can wipe it up later (gross, but important).  FYI - this straw technique is how they do it at White Castle too.

Step 6:  Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Step 7:  Remove from oven and pat off the grease with a paper towel.  Be careful - it's hot.  I use a few rounds of dabbing until most of the grease is gone.  Again, be gentle.  Don't press into the meat.

Step 8:  Lay American cheese over the meat.  You can use any cheese you like here, but I think American cheese on thees is a classic combo.

Step 9:  Pop back into oven for one to two minutes until cheese has melted.  See how gooey?

Step 10:  Let sit for at least five minutes until meat has cooled and grease has settled a little.  I wipe a little grease up from the sides with a paper towel as well.  After they've cooled a little, use a spatula and cut into patties.  I held the top of the bun over them to get an eye for how big to cut each square.

Step 11:  Use a spatula to lift patty onto bun.  I like mine with just a tiny bit of ketchup, but these are so moist and cheesey they really don't need much. 

Step 12:  Eat every last one. :) 

Homemade White Castle Sliders
Makes 12 - 15 sliders
Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onions
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • Martin's party-size potato rolls
  • Straw
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Sprinkle minced onions in the bottom a glass or oven-proof square baking dish.
  3. Using your fingers, gently spread the ground beef on top of the onions.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Take a straw and poke holes in the meat.
  5.  Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  6. Remove from oven and pat off the grease with a paper towel.
  7. Lay American cheese over the meat.
  8. Pop back into oven for one to two minutes until cheese has melted.
  9. Let sit for at least five minutes until meat has cooled and grease has settled a little.
  10. After they've cooled a little, use a spatula and cut into patties.
  11. Use a spatula to place in between potatol roll.
  12. Dig In!
Nutrition: (per sliser, using 2% milk American Cheese)
Calories:  132
Carbs:  10g
Fat:  7g
Protein:  8g

Game day or not, you must make these ASAP.
xoxo,
K

Note:  I've seen this basic method all over the place, but I was first inspired by this recipe.
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