Monday, July 28, 2008

Fancy BLTs and another great way to use pickled jalapenos

This 'slider' recipe from last week's New York Times Dining section caught my attention. It's adapted from Stanton Social, a great, fun lower east side restaurant where I have had addictive kobe sliders. I'm guessing those weren't quite as make-at-home friendly, but these are good too...if not equally good. I propose one change which actually takes them even further from sliders than they already are -use a whole slice of bread and adapt other ingredients accordingly if you're serving these for a meal instead of as appetizers. That way there's no wasted brioche. And why would you want to waste the buttery goodness that is brioche?

Melted Cheese Sliders
Adapted from the Stanton Social Time: 40 minutes

Adapted from the Stanton Social

Time: 40 minutes

12 thin slices sandwich bread, preferably a brioche loaf, crusts removed

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/3 cup mayonnaise

3 ounces white Cheddar cheese, preferably artisanal, shredded

6 slices country bacon, preferably peppered

4 to 5 tomatillos, husked

3 tablespoons flour

3 to 4 pickled jalapeños (sold in jars)

24 cilantro leaves.

1. Use a 2-inch biscuit or cookie cutter to cut 24 rounds of bread. You should be able to cut 2 rounds from each slice. Lightly toast. Set toasted rounds on a cutting board. Mash garlic and lemon juice to a paste in a mortar or on a flat surface. Mix with mayonnaise. Spread seasoned mayonnaise on toast rounds. Top half the rounds with cheese.

2. Fry bacon. Cut each slice in four. Slice tomatillos in 12 fairly thin slices, dip in flour and fry in bacon fat until lightly browned. Cut jalapeños to make 24 thin slices. Place 2 cilantro leaves on cheese, add 2 pieces bacon, a fried tomatillo slice and 2 slices jalapeño. Top sandwiches with remaining rounds, mayonnaise side down.

3. To serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, place sandwiches on sheet, and bake about 5 minutes, just until cheese melts and ingredients are warmed. Secure each sandwich with a toothpick, and serve.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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