Sunday, February 5, 2017

Italian Fontal Stuffed Angus Beef Sliders with Peperoni

     Gourmet Sliders!
     Chefs in Las Vegas offer a wider variety of gourmet sliders than the rest of the world combined.  That is because Las Vegas is rated as the burger capitol of the world.  Burgers and sliders are top class munchies in Las Vegas!
     Cheese Stuffed Burgers have been a trendy item for a few decades now.  I have published a few cheese stuffed gourmet burger recipes in the past and stuffing a big burger patty with cheese is relatively easy to do.  Cheese stuffed sliders are also not difficult to make, but working with the tiny burger patties takes a little bit of patience.  
     Fontal and Fontina are the same cheese.  The word "Fontina" is usually used to describe Fontal Cheese that is made in America.  When this cheese comes from Italy, Fontal is what this cheese is called.  I selected an imported Italian Fontal Cheese for today's recipe.  The difference in quality is easily noticed!  Italian Fontal Cheese easily melts, so it is perfect for stuffing small slider patties.  
     Sweet Peppers (peperoni) are a classic Italian accompaniment for grilled meats and beef.  Sautéed Sweet Peppers also go well with fine cheese.  A Sandwich Spread is not needed for today's slider recipe, because the flavor of the Imported Italian Fontal Cheese and sautéed sweet peppers is perfect as it is!

     Shiny Hamburger and Slider Rolls:
     Follow the link to the recipe in this website.

     Fontal Stuffed Angus Beef Slider Patties:
     This recipe yields 3 stuffed slider patties.  (1 portion)
     Step 1:  Place 8 ounces of Black Angus Ground Beef in a mixing bowl.
     Add 2 pinches of sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of ground sage.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste.
     Add 1 small pinch of nutmeg.
     Add 1 tablespoon of plain Italian breadcrumbs.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Step 2:  Divide the ground beef mixture into 3 equal size portions.
     Roll each portion into a ball shape.
     Press each ball shape into a thick slider patty shape.
     Step 3:  Cut 3 disc shaped pieces of imported Italian Fontal Cheese that are 3/16" thick and about 1" wide.
     Set the fontal cheese discs on top of each thick slider patty portion.
     Press each fontal cheese disc halfway down into each patty portion.
     Step 4:  Spread the displaced ground beef back over the top of each patty.
     Uniformly seal the cheese discs in the middle of each patty. 
     Press each slider patty, so they are a uniform shape that will fit on the slider rolls.  
     Chill the Fontal Cheese Stuffed Slider Patties till they are needed.  

     Sautéed Sweet Peppers (Peperoni): 
     This recipe yields enough for 3 sliders.
     Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.
     Add 1/2 cup of thin sweet red bell pepper strips.
     Add 1/2 cup of thin sweet orange bell pepper strips.
     Add 1/2 cup of thin sweet yellow bell pepper strips.
     Constantly toss and sauté, till the peperoni is cooked al dente, with no browning at all.
     Season with sea salt and white pepper.
     Keep the Peperoni warm on a stove top.

     Italian Fontal Stuffed Angus Beef Sliders with Peperoni:
     This recipe yield 1 entrée.  (3 sliders)
     Cheese stuff burger or slider patties must be cooked to at least a medium finish temperature or the cheese stuffing will not melt!
     Step 1:  Warm 3 Shiny Slider Rolls in a 250ºF to 300ºF oven.
     Keep the rolls warm on a stove top.
     Step 2:  Heat a seasoned cast iron griddle over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of blended olive oil.
     Place the Fontal Cheese Stuffed Black Angus Slider Patties on the griddle.
     Grill both sides of each stuffed slider patty till they are browned and they are cooked to at least a medium finish temperature.  (A probe thermometer should read about 145ºF.)
     Step 3:  Split the warm shiny slider rolls in half and place the bottom halves on a plate.
     Place the Fontal Stuffed Angus Beef Sliders on the slider rolls.
     Place a tall mound of the sautéed sweet peppers on each slider.
     Use fancy bamboo skewers to spear the shiny slider roll tops in place.
     Step 4:  Garnish the plate with Italian Giardiniera and an Italian Parsley sprig.

     These are some great tasting gourmet Italian style cheese stuffed sliders!  

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