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Beef Sliders with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Everyone’s big on sliders these days – these itty-bitty burgers pack big taste with the combination of crunchy California walnuts, tender beef and gooey Gorgonzola – which are stuffed inside. As they cook, the cheese melts, so that it oozes out with the first bite. They’re great for grilling- omit the Gorgonzola or swap it for a milder cheese for any kids in the crowd. Grown ups will love how easy to eat sliders are – more snackable and less drippy than a full-sized burger. Baby arugula provides a perfect peppery snap.

Beef Sliders Stuffed with California Walnuts and Gorgonzola

adapted from walnutinfo.com

canola or olive oil, for cooking
4 slices bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or purple onion
2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1 lb regular ground beef or ground sirloin
1/2 tsp each salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz Gorgonzola (or blue cheese), divided into 16 portions
32 California walnut halves
16 small dinner rolls (or 2, 24-inch baguettes, sliced into 8 equal portions, then sliced horizontally)

Heat a drizzle of oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté bacon until just cooked but not crisp.
Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until moisture evaporates, about 5 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and let cool. Add beef, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and egg and gently mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated, without overmixing.

Divide mixture into 16 equal portions. Form into patties, about 1-1/2 inches thick and 2-1/2 inches in diameter, tucking a piece of cheese and 2 walnut halves into the centre of each patty.

Grill patties on medium-high heat until cooked to preferred doneness. Serve in small rolls or between baguette slices with condiments of your choice. Makes 16 servings.


Per slider: about 249 cal, 12 g pro, 15 g fat (6 g sat. fat), 17 g carb, 1 g fibre, 37 mg chol, 457 mg sodium. %RDI: 8% calcium, 13% iron, 2% vit A, 1% vit C.

Photo credit: walnutinfo.com

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