First, a confession. I am from time to time a lunchtime idiot. I decide without much pause that I don’t really feel hungry and I will get something to eat later. This usually happens on days when I have a lot of meetings and/or a lot going on at work. The problem is that sometimes later doesn’t happen so I am consumed by Hunger by the time I leave work. As you all know, decisions made when one is starving are not always the healthiest of choices [I’ll just eat a couple of handfuls of peanut M&Ms to tied me over until I can get a meal… hmm, maybe just a few more…]. However sometimes the decisions, while they may be a bit frantic and rash, can also be inspired. Tonight was a great example of one such inspirational moment.
I was driving home from work, not sure if I would go straight home, go to Target for some recreational bakeware browsing, or head to D.’s house to hang out with him and the boys. In fact on my commute home, I decided to do each of those things in turn. First I was going to go to Target but it was taking too long to get there so I gave up [Why are the red lights so looong?]. Patience is one of the first casualties to The Hunger. Then I thought about going straight home. I was in no mood to be around real people. But then I didn’t have much to eat at home… and I wanted to see D. and the kids…
Round and round in my head until I was struck by inspiration or craving or desperation… I’m not sure which. The next moment, I turned into the Safeway parking lot. I was a woman possessed. The thought was still only partially formed even as I walked into the store. But it all came together quickly and precisely as if it were actually planned. I left the store with the makings for sliders or mini-hamburgers. Tragically I cannot share a photograph with you because you see, when The Hunger takes over you must feed her otherwise you might get hurt. (I have a very distinct cliff where I go from sort of hungry to fiercely-annoyed-by-all/feed-me-now starving. Generally, I do try to manage this beast but sometimes I am just a lunchtime idiot.)
Anyway, back to my slider emergency. I have never actually made sliders before. And I have not made hamburgers in years (I just don’t eat burgers very often and cook them even less often which just adds to the oddness of this inspiration/craving). But these sliders were good. Not just good, super-super extra good. And I’m not just saying this because I was starving when I ate them. No they were so good, D.’s 7 year old asked if he could marry the 2 sliders on his plate and then proceeded to kiss each of them on top of the bun. And D.’s 9 year old who is a picky eater, wolfed down 2 and then went back for another. And then another. He ate 4 ! The fact that he asked for 2nds and 3rds is a testament in and of itself but then he said, “I just can’t resist them. They are better than better.” Who knew in my desperate attempt to feed my own hunger-beast, I could make something better than better.
What was in these magical sliders, you ask? Not much. It’s crazy really. I normally would buy a lean ground beef, but tonight went straight for the 80/20. Now I’m not sure if it was the hunger guiding me or if I’ve been influenced by watching so much Food Network (especially: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives — so many good looking burgers on that show). Either way, I bought the 80/20 ground beef, some Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls, and Claussen mini dill pickles and headed to D.’s house.
I added a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder and formed the beef into small balls that I then flattened and cooked them in a frying pan which gave the patties a nice crust. Oh, and each mini-burger patty was topped with 1/4 slice of Tillamook extra sharp cheddar. The cheeseburger patty was then placed on a sweet hawaiian roll with a little ketchup, mustard, and/or slices of mini-dill pickles. That was it. And they were perfect…
The vote was unanimous. The sliders are keepers. So we will be having the better than better sliders again. Hopefully when we do, I won’t be possessed with the demon hunger and will be capable of pausing long enough to get photographic evidence… this post looks naked without any pictures).