How is everyone doing? 🙂 I know that I have been MIA for a loooooooong time and it feels surreal to get back to the comfort of my blog.
Past 6 months have been life-changing to say the least. Remember when I wrote my previous “comeback” post (Eggs benedict) after clearing my IELTS exams in December? Not long after that, we got some pretty devastating news from our family back in India. That’s where I have been all this time. It threw our lives in turmoil but we could get through it with help and love of our amazing family and lots of well-wishers. It was difficult but we are ok. Anyway, I am back to Dublin now and getting back to my blog feels like another home-coming to me.
Soooo….coming to more cheerful topics….with the World Cup mania gripping us all these days (Go team India!) I thought some game-day snacks would be perfect to share with you all.
Sliders are classic game chow, made with either a uniform filling or a variety of fillings in one single sheet. They are smaller, easier and lighter to eat than your regular buns and burgers. I made 1 veggie version and 2 meat versions, all of which were a big hit with the noisy cricket fanatic friends of ours who came over to watch the game with us yesterday.
Enjoy the cricket season with your loved ones dear friends. Here’s the recipe…. xx
- 1-2 packs of sliders or mini buns in accordance to the game viewing party
For Italian style Pesto & tomato slider:
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling
- 3 tbsn pine nuts or cashewnuts or roasted peanuts
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsn grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsn lemon juice
- A few cherry tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
For Barbeque chicken & cheese slider:
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 1 cup barbeque sauce
- 2 tsp ketchup
- 1.5 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- Cheese slices of your choice (I used Gouda)
- Finely Sliced red onions
- 1 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
For Ham, eggs & sausage slider:
- 1 pack mini sausages of your choice
- 3 eggs
- 8-10 ham slices
- 1 cup mushrooms
- Cheese slices of your choice (I used Gouda)
- A drizzle of Maple or Golden syrup (optional)
- Olive oil as needed
- Salt & Pepper
- Firstly, prepare the fillings for all your sliders as we will be baking them together.
- For the vegetarian slider- In a food processor, add the basil leaves, nuts, lemon juice and garlic. Start grinding everything up while slowly adding the extra virgin olive oil. Grind till you get a coarse mixture.
- Transfer the pesto mixture to the bowl and stir in the grated parmesan, along with salt and pepper. Add in more olive oil if your pesto looks dry. Chop the cherry tomatoes and slice your mozzarella. Set aside.
- For the barbeque chicken filling, heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add the cooked chicken, barbeque sauce, vinegar, ketchup, brpwn sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Cool completely and set aside.
- For the Ham, sausage and eggs breakfast slider- Cook the sausages till well done in 1 tsp oil and set aside. Once they cool completely, cut in thin slices. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper and cook them in 1-2 tsp oil to make scrambled eggs or ‘bhurji’. Cool completely. Meanwhile, roast the mushrooms with some salt and pepper in 1 tsp oil for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- Now that your fillings are prepared, time to assemble the sliders.
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C.
- Take the sliders out of the packs and with the biggest knife you have, cut quickly across all of them with one clean sweep. As they were all joined together, you will get 2 halves, smooth on the inside. We will assemble the three fillings in vertical rows.
- In the first vertical row, arrange the mozzarella slices. In the rest two, arrange the gouda cheese slices.
- In the first row, heap on the pesto generously, followed by cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper and more mozzarella to top it off.
- In the second row, put the barbeque chicken filling on top of cheese slices. Sprinkle sliced red onions, salt and pepper before topping off with another cheese slice.
- In the last row, start by arranging the ham slices on the cheese. After that, scoop your delish scrambled eggs on them along with the mushrooms. Finish with a drizzle of maple syrup, salt and pepper.
- Put the top half of sliders on the fillings.
- With a pastry brush, cover the top of the sliders with melted butter for that beautiful glaze.
- In a baking dish, arrange a parchment paper greased with butter and gently place your sliders in it.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese inside is nicely melted.
- Make as many batches as you wish and serve hot with chilled drinks as soon as the game starts! Enjoy the cricket season!