Whenever I am unsure of what to get at a restaurant, some sort of slider is always a safe bet. Whether it is chicken, pork, steak or vegetarian, I enjoy any variation of small, well thought-out bites. The diversity of sliders is so immense that any ingredient can surprise and tempt anyone ordering off of a menu. Recently, Dan and I have been visiting a place nearby that has food trucks each night. I love how food trucks get incredibly inventive with their ingredients and cause a consumer to second-guess the amazing combinations. More often than not, I will tell Dan, “Really? Those two things together on a slider?” And more often than not, I end up ordering that bizarre item. Consequently, I am frequently left mind-blown and wanting more.
Not only are dishes more fun when they are mini, but so many incredible flavor combinations can be packed into small bites. Since starting our blog, I have been brainstorming new and exciting variations of sliders. With so many combinations, I have spewed out numerous ideas, causing me to get completely lost. It wasn’t until we were at the grocery store, that our slider plan was finally solidified. Dan wanted to grill meat, and I wanted something that made me think of spring. As we hungrily tossed ingredients into our cart, our variation of steak sliders was created.
Using steak, Gouda, caramelized onions, mushrooms and a pesto sauce, these sliders sure packed some flavor for their tiny size. With all of the different elements, each bite was an inviting treat that made me want to have another. The creaminess of the pesto, combined with the zing from sautéed mushrooms, made an amazing mixture. Additionally, the caramelized onions balanced the flavors of the Gouda and the steak. Overall, the textures and taste compelled me to put this recipe on my new go-to list. The variations to these sliders are endless. From a different meat, to an extra ingredient in the sauce, this dish can be modified in many different ways. If you are into entertaining, this is a simple and fun dish that can impress even the pickiest of eaters. With a quick cook time, the appealing look of the dish and naturally, the wonderful flavors, I will definitely be making this dish again and again. And of course, the beauty of sliders is that a second and third slider is only like having one large sandwich… right? I like to tell myself that!