It’s time for Friday Night Bites, and this is the last full weekend of March so we’re going a little mad! Invite your team to start the weekend off with some smiles. Here are two original recipes from our March Madness party plan that are perfect for some B-Ball and some FUN!
Feed a crowd with this easy to prepare recipe for mini burgers that pack a punch. This recipe allows you to prepare a tray of sliders ahead of time, so all you have to do is lift them out of the dish, pop them on the grill, slide them in a roll, and serve ‘em up.
QUARTER POUNDER SLAM-DUNK SLIDERS
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 lbs. ground beef (85% lean)
- 2 pkgs. sliced potato rolls (12 rolls/pkg.) – smaller than hamburger rolls
- Place ground beef in an extra-large bowl and mix in onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt – incorporate seasonings into meat by gently mixing with your hands, do not overwork it with your hands.
- Distribute meat mixture evenly in a 13” x 9” baking dish. Cover meat completely with plastic wrap or wax paper. Using your hands, gently apply pressure to ensure an even distribution of mixture across the pan (don’t pack meat down too much).
- Cut the meat into 15 even squares (tip-off: cut tray into a 3 x 5 grid). Cover and refrigerate. Preheat either your outdoor grill or indoor grill/grill pan. Remove tray from refrigerator to take the chill off the meat. When grill is heated, simply lift out burgers and place on greased grill. Cook burgers for 6-7 minutes per side or until they reach desired degree of “doneness”. Serve up in buns and allow guests to top with their own selection of condiments. We topped ours with white American cheese and caramelized onions.
- To make caramelized onions, coat bottom of fry pan with olive oil. Heat on medium heat. Add two large sweet onions sliced and coat thoroughly with oil. Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. Continue stirring onions until translucent. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar and cook until onions are caramelized (after 20-30 minutes they should be golden brown, continue to stir throughout cooking process).
Fuel your guests’ flames and add to the fun with these easy to prepare Buffalo wings. This recipe takes the muss and fuss out of making wings. Simply bake them until golden brown and then toss in buffalo wing sauce. Serve them with sides of celery and bleu cheese or ranch dressing. One other must-have side – hand wipes, display individually wrapped packets in a bowl near the wings and napkins for easy cleanup.
(Serves 12 guests – 4 wings/guest)
- 48 wings
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup hot sauce
- 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 450°. Place a metal cooling rack on a large baking pan (make sure to use a baking pan with sides to contain the grease that will drip from the wings as they bake). Arrange wings in a single layer on rack and bake for 40-50 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Bake until desired “crispiness” is reached. Meanwhile, in a saucepan melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce and cayenne pepper – set aside. In a large bowl add cooked wings and wing sauce, mix thoroughly covering wings completely. Serve with celery and bleu cheese (or ranch) dressing.
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