Monday, October 31, 2011

Beef Sliders with Roasted Pepper and Smoked Paprika AoliBeef Sliders with Roasted Pepper and Smoked Paprika Aoli

This tiny burger is awesome! It is flavor packed causing a burst in your taste buds! Make this for your family or for a party appetizer-make a lot for they will go in a jiffy!

In this recipe I have used a product called Smoked Paprika found in any grocery store (in the baking isle near the spices). I love this product for it adds a smokey BBQ flavor without having to even cook on the grill. It has a wonderful aroma and gives this burger a unique flare.

Smoked Paprika gives the Aioli a robust flavor and is the perfect sauce for this juicy slider. Aioli resembles a mayo (in my case I took a shortcut and used mayo in this recipe) but is usually made in French cuisine by blending egg yolk, olive oil and lemon. Aioli has a wonderful creamy texture and makes for a great sauce or in this case a mayo substitute.

Beef Sliders with Roasted Pepper and Smoked Paprika Aoli

Slider patties on a hot, oiled grill pan.

Try to just flip the patties once to allow for nice grill marks.

Nice and juicy!

Smoked Paprika Aioli.

Assembly: Slider, Smoked Paprika Aioli, Roasted Red Pepper

Final Assembly

Ready to dig in!

Beef Sliders with Roasted Pepper and
Smoked Paprika Aioli
Author: Brenna Bowers
Serving: 6 sliders

6 mini slider buns from Trader Joes
1 pound ground beef (lean, less than 90 percent fat)
dash of salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika, divided
¼ cup mayo
1 jar Roasted Red Pepper, drained (6 slices needed)
6 sliced Gruyère cheese

Preheat the grill/grill pan to medium-high heat (or oven to 400 degrees F).

In a small bowl, mix ground beef, salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika with your hands. Once the ground beef is evenly mixed, portion into 6 patties. Form the patties between your hands, applying pressure so it will not fall apart on the grill. Place the patties on an oiled, hot grill and cook on either side for about 3-5 minutes. Check that the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees (F) for medium rare. Set aside for assembly.

To make the Smoked Paprika Aioli, in a small bowl, combine mayo and the rest of the 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika.

Slice mini slider buns in half. Spread a generous amount of Smoked Paprika Aioli on each bun and top with one slice of Roasted Red Pepper, one slice of Gruyere and a slider patty.

Serve hot and enjoy!!!!

Ahead of time:
Grill the patties ahead of time to “rare” and place into the freezer. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and place into the fridge (up to 3 days before the party).  
When ready to serve, bake the patties for about 7 minutes in a 350 degree (F) oven to heat them back up. Continue assembly as stated above.

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