BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns

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Today I’m so happy to be bringing you these little bites of deliciousness. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a snacker. It might be a little bit obvious from some of my past favorite recipes (namely this, this and this), or maybe I just love food too much, but I’d rather sample little tastes of everything than have to stick to one entrée for my meal. In fact, I’m somewhat notorious in my family for stealing bites off of everyone else’s plates before finishing my own dish. My dad used to tell me that the calories don’t count if you didn’t order them, and I’m totally on board with that.


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But enough of my snacking tendencies, and on to these BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns (say that ten times fast.) I know, they’re pretty self-explanatory, but let’s just pause for a minute and think about what we’ve done here. We’ve taken possibly one of the best sandwich creations of all time and turned it into a bite-size (well, maybe a couple of bite-size) version, and we’ve totally upped the ante by making homemade white cheddar brioche slider buns. You digging this yet? Let me spell it out for you: B-L-T S-L-I-D-E-R-S W-I-T-H W-H-I-T-E C-H-E-D-D-A-R B-R-I-O-C-H-E B-U-N-S. Are we all on the same page now? Good. Let’s get on with it.

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Truly, the only semi-challenging part about this recipe is the making of the buns. And if you’re patient and have a couple of hours (maybe three) to let the dough do its thing, you’ll have no trouble at all baking these puppies off and making a lovely, billowy, cheesy throne for your bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns | CaliGirl Cooking

We’re all (at least barely) familiar with cooking bacon, right? (And if not, please take careful note of my no-fail bacon-baking method below so we can actually be on speaking terms again.) Good. Because that’s literally the ONLY additional cooking skill that this recipe requires. Guys and gals, once we get over the bread-baking hump, it is really that easy. We’ll have our cocktail party snack (or dinner, or children’s birthday party menu, etc. etc.) ready in no time at all. We simply adorn our buns and bacon with the classic tomato, lettuce, mayo, mustard and maybe some avocado (if you’re lucky/an avocado freak like me!) and we are all set! You could also add some scrambled eggs and call them brunch? BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns to the rescue!  My mind is just swimming with possibilities.

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But alas, we’re going to start with this simplest of simple version and if you’re lucky we’ll elaborate on the idea in the future 😉 So are you ready to get in the kitchen and start assembling these bad boys? What are your favorite “snacky” foods for nibbling? Anything you want to see me recreate as bite-sized? I always love hearing your ideas!

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns | CaliGirl Cooking

BLT Sliders with White Cheddar Brioche Buns

Yield: Makes about 12 sliders

A bite-sized version of the classic sandwich. You can't go wrong with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and of course, avocado!

Ingredients

    For the White Cheddar Brioche Buns:
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (or “bathtub” temperature)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs + 1 for egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white cheddar, grated
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups flour
    Remaining BLT Ingredients:
  • 4 pieces applewood smoked bacon
  • ¼ cup (or so) mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup (or so) mustard
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, cut into 4 slices each
  • Approximately one cup of mixed greens
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

    To make the White Cheddar Brioche Buns:
  1. Mix yeast, milk, butter, sugar, 2 eggs and salt in a stand mixer. Add grated cheddar cheese, mix until combined. Add flour in ½ cup increments until dough comes together as one large ball but is still slightly sticky. Cover in bowl and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for 1-2 hours (or until doubled in size.)
  2. Remove from mixing bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Separate dough into 12-15 portions (slider size!) Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper (or a silpat), cover and let rise again for one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, use a fork to scramble the remaining egg, then brush it over the slider buns. Place in preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing in half to assemble the rest of the sliders.
    To make the Bacon:
  1. Place bacon slices on a rimmed baking pan covered with aluminum foil. Place in oven and turn oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a timer for 20 minutes. The bacon cooks perfectly as the oven preheats, and when the timer goes off it will be perfectly cooked! Remove from pan onto a plate covered in a paper towel. Once cool, cut each slice of bacon into thirds.
    To assemble the BLT Sliders:
  1. With slider buns cut in half, spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon mustard on either side of each bun. Carefully stack bacon, tomato, lettuce and avocado on top of bottom half of each slider bun. Top with other half of slider bun. Enjoy!
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