Caramelized Onion and Arugula & Regular Sliders


I’m not sure if any of you are like me on this one… but I absolutely love food items in miniature form. “Bite-size” or in some case, “two-to-three bites” items are perfect for sampling and give the opportunity to try many different things without feeling too full.

Sliders are a great example of this concept. Just think about it… have you ever been torn between which toppings you want to use on a burger? Realistically, it’s not like you’d put half a slice of pepper jack cheese and roasted poblanos on one side of the burger and then put cheddar cheese and ketchup on the other lonely half of the burger. Right?

Therefore, this little problem is cleverly solved with Sliders.

I chose to put carmelized onions, arugula and garlic mayonnaise on one of the Sliders while putting cheddar cheese and ketchup for a plain ole fashioned getup for the other Slider.

Simple to make, enjoyable to put together, and food in miniature form is just so much more fun anyway!

Cheers!

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Southwest Chicken Burger and Lime Corn Salad

All right, the secret is out… I was so incredibly over Winter and it’s dreariness. In fact, I’m ready to skip Spring too and head straight for Summer a.k.a. Grilling Season. Nothing excites me more than the thought of charred burgers, grilled corn on the cob and oozing fruit-filled desserts. Oh, and the mouth-watering smoky smell of barbecue…but I digress!

So, with some sunshine this past weekend, those in the Northwest do what they do best: bring out the grill! Even though this might have been a little premature (yes, I did attempt to wear a dress and found I was a little bit too ambitious… it was still cold!), I was ecstatic to get my “grill on” even if that meant wearing a light jacket and pants.

For this weekend, we decided to make Southwest Chicken Burgers with Grilled Lime Corn Salad.

The best part about this recipe? No exact sizes of ingredients needed – just some good ‘ole eyeballing and taste-testing!

Southwest Chicken Burgers

Ingredients:

Ground Chicken
Corn
Black Beans
Garlic
Green Peppers
Red Onion
Bread Crumbs
Cilantro
Pepper Jack Cheese
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1. Mix ground chicken together with garlic, black beans, green peppers, red onion, cilantro and corn. Add salt and pepper.

2. Form ground chicken mixture into patties.

3. Put onto grill. Grill on each side for a few minutes (test to make sure that it is cooked all the way through).

4. At the last minute of grilling, add a slice of pepper jack cheese and toast buns.

5. Assemble buns and chicken patties together. Add necessary other sauces!

Grilled Lime Corn Salad

Ingredients:

Corn
Lime
Olive Oil
Green Pepper
Red Onion
Cilantro
Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

1. Grill corn

2. Add grilled corn with chopped red onion, green peppers, cilantro.

3. Mix lime juice with olive oil to taste. Add dressing to corn mixture.

4. Serve immediately (with above chicken burger of course)!

I think the key in both of these items is the use of cilantro. It’s not often that I use it; however, when I do, it feels the same way that a fashionista would utilize a statement piece.

Overall, a nice change from the usual burger and a great mix of flavors!

Cheers to Grilling Season!