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Italian Caprese Sliders – how many can one college student eat?

Italian Caprese Sliders


When I was growing up my father was a true grill man – charcoal only and whatever he was making, there was one beer to splash on the food and one for him!  I on the other hand, love my gas grill (and I think dad has one now too) mostly because I’m lazy and don’t want to mess with the charcoal.  Of course, dad would probably not been caught making “wimpy” sliders and I am generally prone to enormous burgers stuffed with cheese but as I mentioned in a previous recipe for the Bacon Sliders, my husband brought home a “slider” pan which I determined wasn’t worth much, but I did like the sliders so here’s another variation.  If you have the time, it is well worth it to make fresh rolls from either your own or the frozen dough. 

1 1/2      lb            ground beef 

1             lb            hot Italian sausage 

1             tsp          dried Italian seasoning 

1             med       onion finely chopped 

1                            bell pepper finely chopped 

3                            cloves minced garlic 

18                          White Dinner Rolls 

8             oz           fresh Mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4 inch thick 

4             large      Roma tomatoes sliced in 1/4 in thick slices 

1/4         cup         fresh basil leaves stems removed 

                              freshly-ground black pepper 

3             Tbs         extra virgin olive oil 

3             Tbs         balsamic vinegar 

1             Gently but thoroughly mix together the ground beef and ground Italian sausage (removing from the casings if any), along with the Italian spices, chopped onion, chopped Bell pepper and 2 cloves of minced garlic. 

2             Press the mixture into a jelly roll pan using a rolling pin to make a flat even layer.  Cut the meat into 2″ squares. 

3             Grill 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through to a temperature of at least 160. 

4             Wrap the rolls in foil and warm on the top rack of the grill while the burgers are cooking on their second side. 

5             When the burgers are done, place a slice of Mozzerella on each burger and tent with foil while preparing the buns.          

6             Whisk together olive oil, balsamic and remaining 1 clove minced garlic 

7             Place the burger with cheese on the bottom of the bun, add a slice of tomato and two good sized basil leaves and drizzle each burger with 1 teaspoon of the balsamic/olive oil dressing.

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