Why am I posting a spooooky Halloween-ish recipe in the spring, you may ask.
Well, truth is I completely forgot about this adorable little monster until going through my old photos.
Once I saw him again I knew I had to post the recipe before I forgot about it again!!
I mean... you can eat people sliders all year long. You don't have to wait for Halloween. These would be perfect for a monster party.
Plus... they are vegetarian so you aren't even eating any meat. (Pssst - it's beets. For real.)
No people were harmed in the making of these burgers, I promise.
People Sliders (or Monster Burgers)
Ingredients for our Easy Bread Dough
1 cup shredded jalapeno jack cheese (optional)
Ingredients for our Beet And Quinoa Burgers
blue food coloring or edible ink
Make slider buns - Prepare dough as per link HERE, (remembering to add the 1 cup of shredded jalapeno jack cheese, if desired.) up to the point where you let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
After dough has rested, roll into slider sized buns, just a little larger than a golf ball. Place several inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 375.
After dough has risen, bake at 375 until tops are brown and dough is cooked through, about 20 - 30 minutes - keep an eye on it.
Let cool. (Note - sliders can be made ahead of time and frozen until needed.)
Prepare people patties as per recipe HERE. Instead of forming into "regular" hamburger patty shapes, simply use a gingerbread man cookie cutter as a form to make your people patties.
Try to use a cookie cutter a little smaller than your slider buns so the people fit in the mouths of the monsters.
These can also be made up a little ahead of time and kept, covered, in the fridge for a day.
When ready to cook, simply preheat your oven to 400.
Place people patties on a parchment paper lined cookie tray, and bake for 10 minutes. Very carefully flip the patties over and continue to bake at 400 for another 10 - 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve hot on slider buns.
Decorate the buns with cheese cut into circles for eyes. The pupils are blue food coloring but you could easily use edible food pens.
You can use slivered almonds for teeth, if you like. And a little mustard for "x"s for eyes.
You can cut a slice of cheese to look like teeth.
Or stick a couple of thin cheese triangles on for fangs, using a teeny bit of mustard as the "glue".
I made the slider buns from scratch as, living in the small town of Lillooet, we don't have access to store bought ones. If you have them available to you then by all means you can pick up a pack of tiny slider buns and save yourself the work of homemade bread (although, it does make them tastier, IMO).