I love sliders. They are literally the perfect food for any gatherings from sports to holidays. Another thing that makes them awesome is you can prep them the day before, and simply pop them in the oven before your event.
These sliders may be my new favorite. I mean, bacon, ranch, CHEESE?!?! What’s not to love, right?
Begin with 12 potato rolls (I like Martins) and place the bottom halves on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Melt a stick of butter with 1tsp garlic salt, 1/2tsp onion powder, & 1tbl dried parsley. Brush over your roll halves.
Break apart 6 slices of Colby jack cheese and place on your bread.
Now layer 1lb thinly sliced deli chicken (or you could use shredded rotisserie chicken).
Cook 6 pieces of bacon until crispy.
Crumble and sprinkle on top of your chicken.
Drizzle 1/3C “good” Ranch dressing (y’all know what I’m talking about) over the bacon.
Add more broken Colby jack slices.
Put the tops of the rolls back on and brush with the rest of your butter. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
Try and grab 1 or 3 for yourself before they disappear!
Adapted From: Melissa’s Southern Kitchen
I feel like winter holidays need a sausage dish; whether it be sausage stuffing or sausage balls, it’s just a festive comfort food. This year I made something different and I’m so glad I did! I made around 50 of them, and there was not a single one leftover.
Begin with whole Bella mushrooms and rinse well.
Remove the stems and save them for dicing.
Spray a baking dish (or 2!) with non-stick spray and place your mushrooms hole side up.
Warm a tablespoon of EVOO in a sauce pan and combine your diced stems, 1 chopped onion, and 1lb of Italian sausage. I used mild, but sweet or spicy would be delicious as well. Cook until sausage is fully browned. Add in 1 minced garlic clove and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Remove from heat.
Let cool completely.
Stir in 1C herb stuffing mix, 1/3C Monterey Jack cheese, 3tbl mayo, and 1/2tsp black pepper.
Fill your mushroom caps. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, top with fresh parsley and serve!
Note: These can be prepared the night before.🙌🏼
Adapted From – Spicy Southern Kitchen
You know what makes shortbread taste even more delicious than it already does? Pecans and powdered sugar – LOTS of powdered sugar. I had never made these before but they have always been one of my favorite Christmas cookies. So easy and festive.
Using a Kitchenaid mixer: Begin by creaming together 2 sticks of softened butter and 1/2C powdered sugar. Once combined, add in 2tsp vanilla extract. Slowly add 1/4tsp salt, 2 cups of flour, and finally 1C chopped pecans.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. This makes about 30 cookies.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Roll them immediately in powdered sugar while they are still hot, and then a second time after they cool. Enjoy!
Inspired By: Delish.com
I decided to try something besides my infamous white chocolate chip cookies this year. Cooking comes much more naturally to me than baking, so I tend to keep things simple. I knew combining butter, brown sugar, and chocolate was basically fool proof, and I was right. My boys delivered all but a tiny bit to our neighbors yesterday to keep my indulgence at bay. Next time you need to whip something up for a holiday party that’s quick, super easy, and most likely you already have all of the ingredients, try this.
Begin by generously coating a foiled-lined baking sheet with nonstick spray. Now layer the entire pan with saltine crackers.
Melt 2 sticks of butter and a cup of brown sugar over medium heat. Once melted, bring the pot to a boil and stir quickly for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture over the crackers and even out with the back of a wooden spoon.
Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Remove and top with chocolate chips.
Pop back in the oven for 3 minutes. Remove and spread chocolate evenly over the crackers.
This is where you can let your Littles help by decorating with M&Ms, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc.
Run a sharp knife along the sides of the crackers and then refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!
Between football season and holiday parties, there are so many occasions for good sliders. I’ve been making these particular ones for a few years and they never disappoint. You can even make them a day ahead of time and pop them in the oven right before serving.
Begin by generously spraying nonstick spray into a baking dish. Cut a dozen dinner rolls in half and lay the bottom half in your pan. I’ve used both plain and Kings Hawaiian rolls and both turn out perfectly.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat until it’s almost smoking. Add a pound of ground sirloin – don’t break it up, just let it sizzle for 2 minutes on each side until it begins to char. This adds amazing texture and flavor to the meat.
Now add a chopped onion plus 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp mustard powder, and 1/2tsp paprika. Break up meat and cook it through. Add a 1tsp minced garlic and cook for another minute before removing from heat. Drain off any excess grease and then stir in 1 drained can of Rotel.
Once combined, spoon your meat mixture over the bottom half of your rolls. Layer with 12 slices of sharp cheddar cheese and cover with the top halves of the rolls.
To make your glaze melt 1 stick of butter in a small sauce pan. Add in 2tbl brown sugar, 1tbl Worcestershire, 1tbl Dijon, and 1tbl sesame seeds. Pour over your rolls.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until tops begin to brown. Enjoy!!
Adapted From – Kevin & Amanda
With the holidays upon us and Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’ve decided to share the sides that are a MUST in our house. Ryan is in charge of frying a turkey, smoking another, and the oysters, but I’m in charge of the sides that he feels are mandatory.
I think we can all agree that dressing is a must-have with the Thanksgiving spread. It happens to be one of my absolute favorite sides too, so several years ago I set out to make the most epic dressing possible. I think I’ve achieved it – try it and see for yourself.😋
Begin with a couple large loaves of good, soft, unsliced bread. I use a combo of white and wheat. You’ll need about 9 cups total of bread cubes. Lay them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Sauté over medium heat in 3/4 cup of butter the following: 1.5C diced celery, 3/4C diced onions, and 1C mushrooms (optional) until soft. Now stir in 1/2tsp salt, 1/2tsp sage, 1/2tsp thyme, 1tsp poultry seasoning, and 1/4tsp pepper.
Toss seasoned veggies with bread cubes in large mixing bowl. Add in 1C chicken broth to moisten.
Transfer into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 (uncovered) for 35-40 minutes. You can thank me later – Enjoy!!
Inspired by – Chef In Training
In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I feel like I should share the last “chip” recipe you’ll ever need. I say “chip” because I have made these with milk chocolate, toffee, mint, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips and all are heavenly.
I use my Kitchenaid Mixer but I think you could possibly get away with using a decent hand mixer.
Begin by sifting 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons of cake flour, 1 & 2/3 cups bread flour, 1.25 teaspoons baking soda, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, & 1.5 teaspoons coarse salt. Set aside.
With paddle attachment cream together 2.5 sticks unsalted butter (room temp), 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, & 1.25 cups light brown sugar until light and fluffy – approximately 5 minutes.
Reduce speed and add 2 eggs & 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in your chips.
Refrigerate for 24-36 hours – DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
When ready, drop by the spoonful and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes – Cool on a wire rack.
You will be the hit of the bake sale, the cookie swap, & the neighborhood Christmas party. You are welcome!🍪
Adapted From: I Am Baker
We just returned from a week at the beach. The beauty of living here is that we didn’t feel the need to eat out whatsoever. We simply picked veggies from our garden, brought fresh local shrimp from The Shrimp Lady, and bought some good bread, meats, and fruit. I mean, no place in town could beat the view from the porch anyways….
Every dinner felt like a date night…..
One of my favorite meals that we cooked were these Sliders. Now, these could easily be served as full size sandwiches or even bite size mini biscuits for the perfect brunch treat. Any size, they are absolutely delicious.
Begin by whisking together 1/3C mayonnaise, 1tbl chopped basil, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1.5tsp freshly squeezed orange juice + 1tsp orange zest, and 3/4tsp Old Bay seasoning.
Fold in a pound of cooked & chilled fresh shrimp, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or smaller for smaller servings), 6 crispy crumbled slices of bacon, and 1/4tsp each of salt and pepper.
Prepare your buns by buttering each side and sliding them under the broiler or onto the grill until the edges begin to brown.
Spoon some of your shrimp mixture onto one half and top with fresh basil leaves and garden fresh tomatoes before capping with your top piece of warm buttered bread. OMG.😃
Adapted From: Southern Living
With a million jalapeños from our garden and a cheat day/Father’s Day upon us, what better way to use some of our fresh produce than load them up with cheese. These were a bit labor intensive, but worth it.
I used 12 jalapeños and halved them, removing the seeds and membranes.
Combine 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Use a dinner knife and spread each half with as much as it will hold.
Cut 12 strips of bacon in half and wrap each jalapeño, placing a toothpick in each to hold the bacon in place.
Grill with the cheese side down for 6-8 minutes and then flip and grill until the bacon blackens.
Try not to eat the entire batch!
Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction
I am not someone who has a huge sweet tooth. I don’t have to have dessert every day, but when the mood strikes, it’s game on. These Twix bars are not only super easy, they are DELICIOUS.
Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Using a hand mixer beat 1 cup of salted butter until soft. Add in 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Add 2 cups of flour and carefully combine. Using your hands, press dough out evenly into your baking dish. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool completely.
Melt 2 bags of caramel squares (2.5 cups) and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes on high heat. Make sure to stop and stir each minute or so.
Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and spread evenly. Let cool in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes (stir after the first minute). Pour over the caramel and spread evenly.
Refrigerate until chocolate sets. Cut and serve!😃
Adapted from: My Kitchen Escapades