Sweet Onion Sliders
When you get your hands on large, luscious sweet onions, fire up the grill and transform them into backyard or tailgating sliders topped with mayonnaise, parsley, and capers. Not only will these sliders surprise and impress your guests, but the accompanying nutty Brown Ale, sweet Dunkel, or malty Dunkelweizen will bring these sliders right into home plate!
Pair with: Brown Ale, Dunkel, Dunkelweizen
16 Slider buns, about 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter, split and toasted
16 tablespoons unsalted margarine, room temperature (use recipe below or store-bought margarine)
4 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia, sliced into 16 (1/3-inch thick) slider-size patties
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing the onion patties
Sea salt, to taste
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (use recipe below or store-bough mayo)
4 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped capers (optional)
Spread each bun with 1 tablespoon of the margarine. Bush each onion patty with the olive oil. Heat a grill to medium-high heat, or place a grill pan over a burner set to medium-high heat. Cook the onion patties until just tender and grill marks form, about 10 minutes.
Place 1 onion patty on each bun bottom. Lightly season the onions with the salt. Spread some of the mayonnaise around the inside top of each bun, sprinkle with the parsley and the capers, if using, and close each bun. Serve immediate.
Yields 16 sliders
16 ounces coconut oil
1-1/2 cups canola or sunflower oil
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Attach a candy thermometer to the side of a sturdy, medium-size saucepan. Prepare an ice water bath in a vessel large enough to hold the saucepan.
Add the coconut oil, canola oil, coconut milk, mustard, turmeric, and salt to the saucepan, stirring well. Bring the mixture to 125°F over medium heat, then transfer the pan to the ice water bath, and continue to stir until the mixture firms up. Transfer the mixture to a container with a screw-on lid. Cover and refrigerate the mixture. The margarine will keep for about 2 weeks.
Yields about 4 cups
For anyone looking for a plant-based alternative to store-bought mayonnaise, Vegenaise is the recommended brand. Vegenaise is becoming more widely available in stores, but it can also be purchased online at FollowYourHeart.com, which is the website of the company that originally created it.
For a homemade mayo, the following version can be used in recipes throughout this book:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, such as Colman’s
3/4 cup soft tofu, pressed and drained, if desired (see instructions below)
Stir together the flour, sugar, water, and vinegar in a medium-size saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until thick. Combine the vegetable oil, lime juice, zest, salt, mustard, and tofu in a blender, and blend well. Add half of the hot flour mixture to the blender and blend. Add the remaining flour mixture and blend again. Use at room temperature or cooled in the refrigerator. Homemade vegan mayonnaise will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 to 5 days. Yields about 2 cups
Recipe courtesy of John Schlimm from ‘The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour’.