Wednesday, December 23, 2009


makes 24 sliders

1 small sweet or Vidalia onion
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup grainy mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb peameal bacon, sliced 1/4-inch thick
24 mini-buns or small dinner rolls
24 gherkins, cornichons, small pickled peppers or cocktail onions

Cut onion into 1/4-inch thick rings. In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion and half each of the salt and pepper until softened, about 8 minutes. Add chicken broth; cook, stirring, until no liquid remains, 8 minutes. Set aside and keep warm. In large bowl, combine maple syrup, mustard, and remaining salt and pepper; set aside. In nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook bacon, in batches and adding more oil if necessary, turning once, until tender and golden, about 4 minutes. Cut each slice into 4 pieces. Add to maple mixture; toss to coat. Cut buns in half; broil, cut side up, on baking sheet until golden and toasted, about 1 minute. In saucepan, warm bacon mixture over medium heat, 1 to 3 minutes. Stack 4 pieces bacon on each base of bun; top with onions then top half of bun. Secure with gherkin-skewered toothpick.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen, Canadian, # Transcontinental Publications Inc., 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 100 Toronto, Ontario M2N 6S7 Canada

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