So now, finally, I am taking a deep breath and thinking about summer. Tomorrow morning we leave for our first summer adventure, which I will post about later. For today, I'm posting a recipe from the beginning of the month. It's been sitting in my cue ever since.
Three things happened simultaneously on May the Fourth. First, Star Wars Day. As in May the Fourth be With You. Which isn't particularly relevant, other than Eli wore a Chewbaca growling mask every where we went that day, including the DMV. So there was that.
Second, we brought home Miss Daisy. It was a beautiful Saturday for bringing home a puppy while wearing Chewbaca masks.
And third... the Kentucky Derby. Let's talk about that for a second. Here are all the things I know about the Kentucky Derby. 1. It's a horse race. 2. It's in Kentucky 3. People wear fancy outfits and gamble on the horses 4. Mint Juleps are involved. That's all I know. When I was little, my parents took us to Kentucky one time to see the horse farms, so I have a little connection that way, but other than that, well, I've got nothing.
And even so, every year on the Day of the Kentucky Derby, I make sure we don't have any plans so that I can watch all the coverage, pick a favorite horse, and watch the race. I have no idea why I do this, but it's a thing. This year, I made these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders with the cutest puppy running around my feet, and Eli wearing a Chewbaca mask.
Can we just agree that slider sandwiches are the bomb on infinity levels? It's not just a sandwich... it's a sandwich you can eat in 4 bites, leaving room for lots of other snacks... or more sandwiches. And when they are made the best way, they drip saucy, buttery goodness down your arm when you take a bite. Messy food is the best.
I got this recipe straight from here - so for the full version, check out the original post.
Hawaiian Rolls, 12 pack
12 slices deli turkey
12 slices bacon, cooked
12 slices cheese (the original called for Gruyere, but I used mozzarella)
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/2 cup butter
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
For the assembly, spread mayo, then turkey on each roll.
Add tomatoes (I only did half the rolls because the kids aren't fans) and cheese (not pictured).
Are you ready for this sauce? Trust me, you're not. It is sooooooo good.
In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions, and cook for a couple of minutes. Whisk in Worcestershire, garlic powder, and brown sugar until it's all dissolved together. I also stirred the Parmesan into the sauce (the original recipe said to just sprinkle it on the sandwich).
Finally, drizzle some sauce over each sandwich. Yummmmm!!! You will have leftover sauce for dipping, or for eating with a spoon. Whichever.
Next comes the bacon. One slice per roll.
And then the top.
Brush the top with melted butter, then cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover, then bake for 5 more minutes.
Like most sliders, these can be made ahead and then baked before serving. Either way, they are perfect for snacking. Especially during the Kentucky Derby... or for Star Wars Day... or for when you get a new puppy.
Happy late Derby Day! Bon Apetit!