Saturday, January 01, 2011

Ranch Lamb Sliders with Onion Straws

Happy 2011 everyone! As I mentioned before Briana (my niece who is visiting and is also thirteen) asked me if she could plan and throw a New Year's Eve Party. She decided on a glow in the dark black lights theme, and was well on her way with shopping lists and party game ideas. When I asked her what she would be serving for dinner she said, "I don't know, finger foods?". So happily I agreed to "cater" her party, a couple days later I sent her this message in an email:

Dear Ms. Lal,

Below you will find a sample menu for your event on Friday, December 31st at the Hernandez Home. Please review the menu and make any comments or suggestions. Thank you for your business, have a nice day.

Mini-Lamb Burgers (Sliders)
Onion Straws (like onion rings but instead of round they are shaped like fries)
Potato Salad

Sparkling Apple Cider
Specialty Cocktail for guests 21 and over

When she received the email she said she thought I was crazy, I thought it was cute, go figure!

Nevertheless, the menu was approved, (although I was asked to also make Turkey Sliders, and I did) and the meal itself was delicious.

Serves 4-6 
(Since I made Turkey Sliders too, I had more burgers, but this serving size is for the Lamb recipe)
You will need to combine one pound of ground lamb meat, with the following ingredients:
half of a large onion finely diced, 3 minced cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of cumin powder, salt and  pepper to taste, dried parsley flakes, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one large egg (beaten). 

(I also like to add in about a 1/4 cup of bread crumbs but I was fresh out)

Combine all ingredients well- here's the thing -- you can try to use a spoon but nothing really works better than your hands.

Grab about half a cup of meat and form patties with your hands. Lay them on a flat dry surface so that they retain their shape. 

The size of your patty may change depending on the size and type of bun you are using.

Heat a nonstick pan with vegetable oil, coat pan with oil and heat on medium/high.

Place patties in oil when hot and let brown evenly on medium/high heat.

Flip over and brown on opposite side. 

Remove from heat and place on a dish lined with a paper towel, to drain oil.

Set aside.

Bake your choice of bun/bread/biscuit. You can also use pre-made store bought bread to quicken things along. I used a can of flaky biscuits available at grocery stores. 

After your bread has baked and cooled, slice biscuits/buns in half to prep for sliders.

Start constructing your sliders and top with your ingredients of choice. 

Before adding the top bun onto your burger top with a teaspoonful of homemade buttermilk ranch onto the burger. 

For the Buttermilk Ranch - I used Hidden Valley Buttermilk ranch mix, combined it with half a cup of buttermilk and half a cup of sour cream for a nice taste and thicker consistency. 

Close bun and insert toothpick to keep all your ingredients together. 

For Onion Straws:
Slice an onion lengthwise, creating half circle shapes versus the classic ring.
I used 1 and a half large onions.

Dip the sliced onions in a mixture of 2 eggs and a 1/4 cup of milk and coat well.

Then, place onions in a mixture of 1 cup of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, and coat onions evenly.

Place onions in a pot of hot oil, I used vegetable oil, and fry until golden brown and crisp.

I used about 2 quarts of oil for my pan, the amount of oil used will be dependent on the pan size.

Remove from oil sprinkle with salt (to taste) and place in a dish lined with a paper towel to drain oil.

Serve your Ranch Lamb Sliders with onion straws and your choice of condiments.

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