Hi HI! Back again for some simple sandwich fare, but with a twist…
We’ve all had a BLT in our lifetime, right?!? (me minus the mayo and adding some avocado) Well, this is a spin off of those, using basil instead of lettuce and adding in a tiny little turkey burger to make them BBLTs….or better known as, Bacon and Basil Tomato Turkey Sliders. It’s a mouthful, I know. But it’s completely necessary to list all of the ingredients when you share them with your friends because every single one deserves that nod of respect…
So I’m pretty sure that I’ve talked with you before about the fact that I have a thing for sandwiches. As in, I’m completely obsessed with the idea of spending an entire day (or week?) coming up with and making a gazillion different combinations, to put between a gazillion different types of bread, with a gazillion types of spreads, both healthy and not. There’s something so satisfying to me about picking up food with both hands, no utensils involved, and taking a delicious bite in the most rudimentary way possible. It’s bringing it back to basics in the best way, and in the first way we all learned to eat in the first place.
Side note…speaking of bringing it back to basics….the other day I was home alone all day for the first time since I can remember. Literally ALL DAY, meaning an entire 24 hour period. Meaning I could sleep in (meaning anytime after 7:30), meaning I binge watched House of Cards while I ran, and then jammed in the kitchen for the duration of my solitude while I then re-binge watched Chef’s Table for the umpteenth time and obsessed over Dan Barber’s way…
I almost can’t even start praising on Dan because I may not stop. In fact, I almost can’t even put into words the amount of respect and awe that I have for this man who not only practices such a beautiful way of approaching foods with consciousness and sustainability, but truly lives that way through and through. He is the epitome of the farm to table movement and I hold him in such high regards that I would rather keep my words for him short and sweet rather than fill the air with blind compliments. If you have the chance, and have Netflix, I would highly recommend watching the second episode of season one of Chef’s Table, and being prepared to have your heart jump out of your chest as you listen to Dan describe his love and passion for all things food. Not to mention the sheer gorgeousness of the culinary cinematography…it’s positively stunning.
Anyhow, I’ll bring it back around to these little sliders who are such a good example of a sandwich at its most basic, but also most delicious. We’ve got the saltiness from the burgers and the bacon, the sweetness from the tomato and brioche, and the spiciness from the mustard and the basil. They are the perfect little handheld feast and super fun to make when entertaining because everyone can join in the fun of building their own. Serve along side some crisp veggies and crunchy kettle chips and you’re good to go!! Oh, and don’t forget the beer 🙂 ENJOY!
Bacon Basil Tomato Turkey Sliders
For the sliders
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup small diced white onion
- 1/2 small jalapeño, seeded and small diced
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
To top the sliders (the bbt part)
- 4 slices sharp swiss cheese, cut in half (or whatever cheese you desire)
- 2 campari tomatoes, sliced
- 8 slices cooked bacon, halved
- 8 large basil leaves
- 8 small brioche buns, sliced in half horizontally
- coarse dijon mustard for serving
- In a small bowl, use a fork to gently mix all of the slider ingredients together until well incorporated. Gently form 8 small slider patties with your hands and set aside on a plate.
- Heat a large cast iron to medium-high heat and cook the sliders for about 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center and fully cooked. During the last minute or two of cooking, place 1/2 slice of swiss cheese on top of each slider to allow it to slightly melt. Remove from heat and carefully tent with foil, allowing to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- Place each of the sliders onto one brioche bun, top with 2 pieces of bacon, 1 basil leaf, and 1-2 slices of tomato. Allow guests to serve themselves to the mustard. ENJOY!
I like to serve the sliders with kettle chips or oven fries, and a nice big salad 🙂