Today I’m really excited to share a new partnership with Kraft Foods. Creating recipes for my family is something I love to do but it actually becomes fun when it comes with a challenge. This month I was given the task of turning a Kraft Fresh Take variety into a new and delicious recipe for my family to enjoy.
Kraft Fresh Take Challenge
Use the Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety to create a recipe that uses one protein (other than chicken), is a an easy appetizer or lunch-friendly sandwich and uses the broiler to add a little crisp to the dish.
As someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen this was an easy challenge for me. There’s a lot you can do with a smokey mesquite BBQ flavor, especially with chicken, but what about ground beef? When I think of easy lunch sandwiches I think of sliders. They’re versatile sandwiches that are made in a kid-friendly size but with gourmet flavors adults will love too.
Lunch needs to be an easy meal that can be made quickly so we can go about our day. I like to use recipes that don’t have an overwelming number of ingredients. For the Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders you’ll only need a dozen rolls, one Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety (found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store), one large onion, some bacon, a pound of ground beef, sharp cheddar cheese (Kraft Big Slice is great) and your favorite BBQ sauce (Kraft Hickory Smokey is excellent for this dish).
Inside the Kraft Fresh take bag you’ll find a blend of cheese, seasoned breadcrumbs and spices to make a flavorful meatball. You can toss all of the ingredients inside the convenient bag. I just added the meat and used my hands to combine all of the ingredients until they’re evenly distributed throughout the ground beef.
One pound of ground beef along with the Kraft Fresh Take makes a perfect dozen meatballs. I just rolled them by hand to about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. If you want to really get technical to make sure they’re all the same size you can use a small kitchen scale to weigh each one.
Next the meatballs get spaced out and lined up on a baking sheet (with a lip). Since there is cheese in the meatball you’ll want to make sure to bake them on parchment or Silpat (my preference) lined sheet. Thirty minutes in the oven is all it takes to have them ready!
Once the meatballs are out of the oven you can set them up on the rolls and brush some of the bbq sauce over each one.
Add some sharp cheddar to the top for some extra flavor.
Fried bacon bits give these sliders the perfect crunch.
And for some added sweetness, chunky grilled onions put these sliders over the top.
Just a few minutes under the broiler and you’ve got gooey melty cheese, toasted buns and a dozen sliders ready to serve as an appetizer or lunch for a small crowd.
Depending on your appetite one slider is a great start, but two will really fill you up.
Keep an eye out next month for a new recipe and challenge using the Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety. Until then, I’d love to hear your ideas on how to use this product.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety package
- 1 egg
- ⅓ pound bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ¼ cup Kraft Hickory BBQ sauce
- 3 slices Kraft Big Slice cheddar cheese
- 12 Hawaiian Rolls
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a lipped baking sheet with parchment paper and non-stick spray or a Silpat baking mat.
- In the Kraft Fresh Take bag, use your hands to mix and combine the bag contents, ground beef and egg until evenly distributed.
- Roll the mixture into 1-1/2 to 2 inch meatballs and space evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, fry the bacon until crispy over medium-high heat. Remove bacon from skillet, leaving the grease in the skillet.
- Add the onions to the skillet and reduce heat to medium, stirring often until tender.
- Cut rolls in half and add one meatball to the bottom portion of each roll. Brush the tops with BBQ sauce.
- On top of the meatballs add the cheese slices, bacon bits and grilled onions.
- Place under the broiler next to the roll tops for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Top the meatballs with the rolls and serve.
*Kraft provided me with compensation to participate in creating a recipe. #KraftFreshTake