Sunday, November 21, 2010

Buffalo Sliders with Cheddar, Burgundy Braised Onions and Red Potato Salad

Slider Mania!  Sliders are popular everywhere!
     Las Vegas restaurants serve some very exotic gourmet sliders.  I had some great Kobe Beef sliders at Gold Lounge at the Aria Casino the last time I was back home in Las Vegas. 
     Buffalo (American Bison) is an outstanding gourmet slider burger meat.  Lean, clean and plenty of flavor is what Buffalo meat is like. 
     The Red Potato Salad is a traditional Louisiana recipe.  Fine minced red bell pepper is what gives the potato salad a red color.
     Red Potato Salad Recipe:  Boil a peeled potato till it is fully cooked and not mushy. 
     Cool the cooked potato under cold running water. 
     Cut the potato into large diced cube shaped pieces.
     Place the diced potato into a mixing bowl.
     Bake a red bell pepper in a 350 degree oven till it is cooked al dente and not caramelized at all.  (Don't cook the red pepper like you would to make roasted red pepper.) 
     Trim the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper.
     Very finely mince the red bell pepper, till it is nearly a puree. 
     Add the minced red bell pepper to the diced potato.
     Add 1 tablespoon of chopped celery.
     Add 1 tablespoon of chopped onion.
     Add just enough mayonnaise to bind and coat the ingredients. 
     Add a small dab of of Creole Mustard or dijon mustard.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 4 pinches of paprika.
     Add a dash of cayenne pepper.
     Gently mix the potato salad together and chill it in a refrigerator.
     Burgundy Braised Onions:  Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add 2 pats of unsalted butter.
     Add 1 handful of sliced onion.
     Saute till the onions turn clear in color.
     Add a generous splash of burgundy wine.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Slowly reduce the burgundy till the onions are braised and glazed with the wine reduction.  There should be no excess wine afer the topping is reduced. 
     Set the wine braised onions aside.
     Recipe:  Split open 3 slider rolls and brush them with melted unsalted butter.
     Grill the slider rolls, till they become toasted toasted. 
     Spread a little bit of mayonnaise on the rolls.
     Set a small pieces of lettuce and thin plum tomato slices on the slider roll bottoms.
     Make 3 small slider patties with ground buffalo meat using a ring mold.  (About 2 ounces apiece.)
     Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add 2 pats of unsalted butter.
     Grill the buffalo slider burgers. 
     Season the sliders with sea salt and black pepper. 
     Flip the buffalo sliders when they become half way cooked and immediately place some sliced cheddar cheese on top of each slider.
     Cook the sliders rare to medium rare. 
     The cheese will melt by that time.
     Set the buffalo sliders on top of the lettuce tomato slices on the slider roll bottoms. 
     Set the sliders on a plate. 
     Place the burgundy braised onions on top of the melted cheddar on the sliders. 
     Canter the slider roll tops against the mini burgers. 
     Place a scoop of the red potato salad on a bed of lettuce leaves on the plate.
     Yummy!  The potato salad is unique and tastes very fresh with red bell pepper flavor.  Buffalo meat is such a nice old west flavor.  Cheddar and burgundy braised onions are a classic gourmet slider topping.  These little bite size buffalo sliders will put a smile on a gourmet slider lover's face!  Yum!  ... Shawna

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