Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chicken Meatloaf Sliders with Roasted Pepper Aioli!!


While we're only going into Week 4 in the NFL, Homegating Headquarters is already in mid-season form. Moving to the burbs hasn't quieted things down in the least. The gang is here every week. They come hungry and I need to be prepared. Last week I decided to do a riff on meatloaf and turned it into: Chicken Meatloaf Sliders with Roasted Pepper Aioli!

Preparing the sliders is a 2-part process: making the meatloaf and then making the actual sliders. I made it easy on myself and prepared the meatloaf on Saturday, then finished the sliders on gameday. It saved me a lot of culinary stress and I didn't miss any action on the gridiron.

Instead of using ground turkey, I went with ground chicken because I feel it's a little moister but you can absolutely use it if you can't find the ground chicken. I prepped the meatloaf as I normally would and then let it cool and fridged it. I also prepped the aioli that goes on top. At halftime on gameday, I sliced the meatloaf, popped them in the oven, added the cheese until it melted, assembled the sliders and had to keep people away from them until I got a few shots of it for Homegating101....

Chicken Meatloaf Sliders with Roasted Pepper Aioli
(serves 6-8)

3 lbs ground chicken (or turkey)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 eggs

1 cup mayo
1 whole roasted pepper (jarred is fine)
1 tbs sriracha
1/4 tsp granulated garlic

Meunster cheese
slider rolls


1.  Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Mix all the meatloaf ingredients and place in a 9 x 5 loaf pan (for one loaf, but you can make smaller ones if your pan is smaller). Bake in the oven until an instant-read thermometer reaches165-degrees (approximately 1-hour - but start checking after 45 minutes if your oven runs hot).

2.  For the aioli: place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

3:  Assembly:  slice the meatloaf and re-heat in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Cut the meunster cheese into quarters and place 2 slices on each slider. Heat until melted. Place each slider on a roll and add the aioli. Serve.

And there you have it! You know you have a winner when there are no leftovers - and there were no leftovers with this. Hope you try it!

Enjoy your games and I will see you all back here next week!
Keep on Homegating!!

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