Sliders That Score

Holidays, In Season, Tailgating, Winter
on January 9, 2012
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

To satisfyingly feed a pack of brutish football fans, a silver platter of escargot simply will not do—winning Super Bowl appetizers need to be pure Viking food, tinged with tiger blood and seasoned with brutish strength. We’ve gotten pretty close to that combo with the following hearty and easy-to-eat sliders:

Blazin’ Burgers: The first step to Super Bowl slider success is serving at least one expected beef recipe—with a twist. Go beyond ketchup and mustard and try topping patties with anything from dollops of mashed sweet potato, caramelized onions, and cheddar to a trio of blue cheese, lettuce and bacon. Also be sure to make patties about a ½ thicker than the bun they’re intended for or they will shrink from bites to nibbles. For a tomato jam slider recipe, click the image.

Pulling Off a Touchdown: Not all sliders are bent on being beefed up. Pulled pork and chicken make great slider fillings too, especially when moistened with marinades, seasoned with spices and paired with comparatively cooler sauces and slaws. With the help of a slow cooker, preparing pulled meats over the course of a day is a simple process—in the morning place your chosen meat in the slow cooker with barbecue sauce and then shred in the evening before serving. If you want an even simpler process, just shred a store-bought rotisserie chicken. We use this method when making yummy pulled chicken and slaw sliders, for the recipe click the image.

For more slider ideas check out the rest of our Super Bowl slider favorites below.

—By Emily Arno