Friday, June 17, 2016

Veal Pizza Sliders with Dill Slaw

     Pizza Sliders!
     Pizza Burgers were a popular item in the 1970's.  Back in those days, every casual restaurant that offered a list of unique burger toppings seemed to have a Pizza Burger on the menu.  There also used to be a fast food chain that specialized in Pizza Burgers.
     The fast food Pizza Burgers were downright tasty when they first hit the scene.  After a few years the quality of fast food Pizza Burgers was not what it used to be and the novelty wore off.
     Those who remember how good Pizza Burgers once were, will be disappointed in modern times because very few restaurants now offer a Pizza Burger of any kind.  Making a Pizza Burger at home is just about the only choice.  This creates an opportunity for a home cook to crank it up a notch and make a gourmet Pizza Burger!
     Gourmet burgers and sliders have been top selling items during the last two decades.  Today's recipe features sliders, which are tiny hamburgers that can be eaten in 2 or 3 bites.  The secret to making great Pizza Sliders is to use real Italian ingredients.  A good Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves creates a classic flavor combination.
     Ground Beef or Ground Veal can be used to make Pizza Sliders.  Veal Pizza Sliders definitely are on the gourmet side.  Ground Veal usually sells for a fairly thrifty price and the fat content is usually lower than ground beef.    
     Salsa di Pomodoro:
     Follow the link to the recipe in this website. 
     • Salsa di Pomodoro

     Focaccia Dough:
     Follow this link to the Pizza Dough recipe in this website.  An option for making Focaccia Pizza Dough is mentioned in the recipe.
     • Pizza Dough

     Focaccia Slider Rolls:
     Step 1:  Cut walnut size focaccia dough portions.
     Roll the dough portions into smooth ball shapes.
     Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking pan and space them about 3" apart from each other.
     Step 2:  Brush the dough balls with olive oil.
     Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt and coarse ground back pepper on the dough balls.  (optional)
     Step 3:  Let the dough rise and proof.
     Step 4:  Bake the slider rolls in a 425ºF oven till they are a light golden color.
     Step 5:  Place the pan on a cooling rack.
     Set the Focaccia Slider Rolls aside.
     Dill Slaw: 
     This recipe yields 2 portions.  (About 1 1/2 cups)
     Step 1:  Place 2 cups of very thin sliced cabbage in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of chopped green bell pepper.
     Add about 2 tablespoons of julienne carrot strips for color.
     Step 2:  Add 1 or 2 pinches of sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of chopped fresh dill weed.
     Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar.
     Step 3:  Add just enough mayonnaise while mixing, to lightly coat the cabbage.  (About 3 or 4 tablespoons.)
     Step 4:  Chill the Dill Slaw to 41ºF.
     Mix the ingredients again before serving.
     Veal Pizza Sliders with Dill Slaw:
     This recipe yields 3 sliders.
     Step 1:  Measure 3 equal size ground veal portions that weigh about 2 1/2 ounces apiece.
     Shape the veal patties with a ring mold that is slightly wider than the slider rolls.  (The veal slider patties will shrink in size!)
     Step 2:  Heat a cast iron griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Step 3:  Split 3 focaccia slider rolls in half.
     Brush the rolls with olive oil.
     Place the rolls on the griddle till they are lightly toasted.
     Keep the slider rolls warm on a stove top.
     Step 4:  Heat a wide sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of blended olive oil.
     Place the 3 veal slider patties in the pan.
     Season the veal slider patties with sea salt and white pepper.
     Sauté the slider patties on both sides till they are fully cooked and golden brown highlights appear.
     Step 5:  Drain any excess grease out of the pan.
     Step 6:  Place the pan over low heat.
     Add 3/4 cup of the Salsa di Pomodoro.
     Bring the sauce to a simmer.
     Gently simmer the veal slider patties in the tomato sauce for 3 or 4 minutes.
     Step 7:  Spoon some of the tomato sauce over the veal sliders.
     Place 1 thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on each slider.
     Cover the skillet with a lid.
     Let the steam from the tomato sauce softens the cheese for about 1 minute.
     Step 8:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Remove the lid.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of oregano over the mozzarella on the sliders.
     Step 9:  Spread a little bit of the tomato sauce on the bottom half of each slider roll.
     Place a large basil leaf on top of the tomato sauce.
     Place the Pizza Sliders on the garnished rolls.
     Place the sliders on a plate.
     Lean the tops of the slider rolls against the veal sliders.
     Mound a portion of Dill Slaw on a bed of leaf lettuce on the plate.

     Viola!  Gourmet Italian style Veal Pizza Sliders with some refreshing slaw!

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