Whether they’re oozing with cheese or dripping with a special sauce, sliders are one of the easiest — not to mention one of the tastiest — appetizers of all time. So next time you’re tasked with bringing an app (or just really want something fast and easy for dinner), use the tips below to whip up a pan full of sliders that are far from ordinary.
1. Go Beyond the Bun
Trade in your bun for something fun. Reach for bite-size waffles. Heat up a few potato cakes. Go for mini bagels or biscuits.
2. Make the Perfect Pizza
We took pointers from one of the most universally loved dishes of all time – pizza. Heaped with loads of our melty mozzarella, spicy pepperoni and smoky ham plus classic toppings like bell peppers, black olives and mushrooms, these Supreme Pizza Sliders are crowd pleasers. We even brushed them with a garlicky sauce to give them more of that authentic pizza taste.
3. Bring the Heat
Some like it hot. If you’re in this camp, you’re going to want to try these Buffalo Jalapeño Popper Sliders. We sandwiched two beloved fiery flavors between salted pretzel buns to create these spicy sliders. You can play with the heat index by adjusting the ingredients. Leave the jalapeño seeds intact to crank up the heat. Or swap them out for something hotter, like habañeros.
4. Get Grilling
Plop your buns, rolls, waffles, bagels (whatever you’re using as the base) on the grates and let the flames create those iconic lattice grill marks and that irresistible smoky flavor. Then pile on the rest of your ingredients and serve.
5. Top It Off
Build your base, then garnish with something out of the ordinary, like a crunchy jicama slaw or a spicy-sweet fruit salsa. Maybe even a pickle relish or mango chutney.
6. Level Up the Buns
Give your sliders a pop of flavor with a special glaze or sauce. Just brush it over the buns after the sliders have been fully assembled. Then cook so those flavors soak into the buns and drip down the sides of your sliders as they heat up.