Monday, February 7, 2011

White Castle Sliders

I've never been to White Castle. I had never actually heard about it until that movie came out, and even then I didn't realize it was a real place. I have apparently been deprived in this department.

There are lots of places on the internet with recipes for these adorable little hamburgers. Want to know the really funny thing? I was hard pressed to find any variation at all. Everyone pretty much sticks to the same version. So this must be the right one, right?

Sprinkle a half a cup of dried onions onto the bottom of an 8x8 square pan.
Press a pound of ground beef into a layer on top of the onions.
Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice.
Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Then you will need a paper towel to blot some of the extra grease.
Top with American cheese. Pop this back in the oven for a couple minutes so the cheese gets nice and melted.
Cut into tiny little burgers. I made nine.
You can buy mini buns at the grocery store, I think they are called party buns and they come in a couple varieties. I ended up with Hawaiian, which was just a bit sweeter than a regular bun.
These were really good. We eat a lot of hamburgers in this house and it's nice to have a way to change it up. The Boy was delighted to have "hamburger made just for me" and ate several of them (I'm pretty sure he's going through another growth spurt!). The Girl picked off her onions, but still gave a thumbs up. This will go in my book as a great Saturday lunch for when Jeff is gone.

Click here for Printable Recipe

White Castle Sliders
1/2 cup dried onion flakes
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 t. seasoned salt
6 slices cheese
12- small party rolls
dill pickle slices
Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Gently press the ground beef on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly making one giant pattie. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. At this point you can use a drinking straw and poke holes throughout the meat. That is what they do with the original white castle sliders. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Using a paper towel, pat the excess grease from the top of the pattie. Top with cheese, return to oven for 2 more minutes. Remove from oven, let set 5 minutes then cut into patties. Slice open and separate each party roll. Place bottom of rolls on a large platter. Using a spatula lift pattie with onion layer onto each bun bottom. Top each slider with a pickle slice then the bun lid. Serve immediately.

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