Reflecting on Changes in My Cooking Style
Different life phases also bring in different styles of parties. Gone are my days of drinking all night around a bonfire and going to work the next morning looking chipper! Parties now are usually at a parent-friends house, surrounded by kids running and playing while the adults compare horror stories about what their children did that week (mine refuses to eat anything except purple gummy bears, how about you?). Of course, these parties are over by 7pm so that everyone can go home and try to tackle their kids into bed.
This new suburban type of party has also change my culinary game. I always feel it necessary to show up to someone’s house with homemade food, especially when they are hosting my rambunctious kids. However, I don’t always have time to make something fancy.
Fancy also isn’t always the way to go when serving parents and kids. You need a universal food that everyone will love. Something simple to make, delicious and appealing to both adults and kids. And that is how this slider recipe was born.
Creating Ground Beef Sliders with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
I was going to a family friendly party at a friend’s house and wanted to bring some kind of food to help her out. With limited time and ingredients, I rounded up some Pillsbury biscuits, ground beef and cheese from my fridge. Perfect! Beef and biscuits sounded like I was on the right track! Kids love biscuits and adults love burgers! If I can combine the two, I’ll have a total win on my plate.
Rather than making basic beef patties and using the biscuits as burger buns, I flattened the biscuits to be about 1/2 their normal thickness. I then scooped some of the ground beef right on top of the biscuit, topped it with some cheese and wrapped the biscuit around the filling, pinching the top closed. Not only did I have some cute little beef pockets but the ground beef was nicely hidden- a great trick for feeding picky kids.
After about 25 minutes in the oven, my little beef sliders smelled amazing and I wrapped them up and off we went to the party! Needless to say, the sliders were a total hit! I saw kids grabbing them off the tray and eating them as they ran around, adults were taking three at a time and I was happily dipping mine in ketchup as I marveled at how something I threw together in a matter of 5 minutes could be so tasty.
A Simple Hamburger Biscuit Recipe for Any Occasion
I now make these sliders all the time: at home, for parties, and even to take on picnics, they are perfect! I have tried to go back to my earlier days of ‘fancy’ food and occasionally I will mix some spices into the ground beef (a little garlic powder, some Worcestershire sauce, maybe a diced onion). I even stuffed the biscuit with ground beef and blue cheese once which I loved, but my kids completely rejected. Overall, I have found this slider recipe is best when kept simple (especially when I intend to feed them to kids).
So while life may change my cooking habits, I feel like this recipe is here to stay. I mean, everyone loves it and I love making it! Perfect for any phase of life, any time of day and so easy that even the most novice chef can make them, give this slider recipe a try.
A Few Last Recipe Notes
This is a versatile recipe that really stands out when you use nice, fresh oven baked biscuits. We use the Pillsbury Grands biscuit in our sliders. They are easy to make and come out of the oven fresh and tasty! We used shredded cheese in our recipe, but any kind of cheese works great.
This is one of those recipes that is kinda too easy to count as a recipe. But, it’s a family favorite in our house. And you can jazz it up any way you want to. Some nights I add some canned green chilies to the ground meat and taco seasoning for “taco sliders”. Or you could use ground chicken and add some marinara sauce and provolone for “chicken parm sliders”. Obviously the sky is the limit for flavor combinations which is why this recipe is so great!
More Simple Beef Recipes
- 1 can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits
- 1lb cooked ground beef
- 8oz of shredded cheese (any kind works!)
- Preheat oven to 350(F) degrees. Flatten each biscuit to desired thickness on a baking sheet. Place a spoonful of hamburger and shredded cheese on each flattened biscuit. Wrap biscuit up and over meat and cheese then pinch the top closed.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the biscuit is slightly browned. Serve immediately.
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