So the Cowboys had a horrible season but that isn’t stopping me from watching the NFL playoffs. I guess I need to pick a team to start rooting on, don’t I. But I just can’t get behind any of them.
Although I did watch a PBR special with my dad over the holidays and one of the Carolina Panthers players owns a famous bull on the bull riding circuit. And I do love watching me some bull riding so I guess I’ll root for the Panthers. (Sorry Carolina fans because you’ll probably lose this weekend now.)
No matter who you’re rooting for, these little bites of goodness will make all your guests happy. They’re not just mini burgers with gooey Smoked Gouda and crispy bacon, they have a mouth watering sauce that takes them over the top. You know, the sauce similar to the one on ham and cheese sliders on Hawaiian rolls. Plus the burger patties are made as squares so every bite has meat in it. Hashtag yum!
Bacon & Smoked Gouda Sliders
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef (I used 95% lean)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 – 12 ct package Hawaiian Sliders
6 slices bacon, cooked crispy
Smoked Gouda Cheese, cut into slices (or your favorite cheese – I used some low fat cheese as well to try and cut the Weight Watchers points)
1/2 c butter
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c brown sugar
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place parchment or wax paper on cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Place ground beef on parchment paper then cover with remaining parchment. Roll out beef. In a small bowl, mix salt, pepper, Garlic powder and Onion powder. Season beef with spices. Fold half the meat mixture on top of the other half and roll out slightly to form enough surface to fill the 12 buns. Cut the beef into 12 equal pieces.
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Heat pan over high heat to get hot, then reduce to medium heat too cook burgers. Cook beef sliders for 2 minutes on each side. Drain beef on paper towel covered plate.
Cut rolls in half and place bottom halves on a 11×13 baking pan. Top with beef patties then evenly divide cheese and bacon among the sliders. Cover with the tops of the buns.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Take off heat and add brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds and whisk to combine. Drizzle sauce over the sliders. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown buns.
** I used low fat American cheese slices on my sliders to bring down the Weight Watchers points but for the big game, go ahead and splurge on the yumminess that is Smoked Gouda.
1 serving = 1 slider
1 serving with low fat cheese = 11 WW SmartPoints