Monday, January 21, 2013

Beef Sliders Stuffed with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

INGREDIENTS: 1 teaspoon olive oil 4 slices bacon, finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots 2 cups finely chopped button mushrooms 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 pound ground beef (10% fat) 4 ounces Gorgonzola (or blue cheese), divided into 16 portions 32 California walnut halves 16 small dinner rolls*
DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and saute bacon until just cooked but not crisp. 2. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until water evaporates, about 5 minutes. 3. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and let cool. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and egg to mixture. Add beef and gently mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated, without over-mixing. 4. Divide mixture into 16 equal portions. Form into thick patties, about 1-1/2 inches thick and 2-1/2 inches in diameter, tucking a piece of cheese and 2 walnut halves into the centre of each patty. 5. Grill patties on medium-high heat until cooked to preferred doneness. Serve in small dinner rolls or between baguette slices with desired condiments

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