Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chipotle Pineapple Pork Sliders with Crispy Oven Potato Wedges

I am off to a rough start. Last week I got 2 pineapples at Joseph's for $1.50. I decided to use some in my concoction for this evening. Fresh can only be better, right? Wrong. Apparently, the fresh pineapple does something to the meat. It got all gooey and the burgers wouldn't hold together. The only thing I did differently that normal was that I used the fresh pineapple. Isn't there some weird thing that you can't use fresh pineapple in Jello because it won't set???? Add ground pork to the list.

BURGERS (makes 12)
1.5 lbs of ground pork (you can also substitute ground turkey or chicken & it's fabulous!)
1 can of chipotles in adobo
about 1/2 cup of CANNED pineapple
 1/4 cup of sweet bell pepper
1/4 cup of sweet onion
2 cloves garlic

Fresh mini kaiser rolls or dinner rolls (slider sized)

Toppings - I can HIGHLY recommend some dill pickle slices & cheddar cheese. They really don't need a condiment, but if you insist upon one, bbq sauce is great. And of course, don't forget the classic lettuce & tomato too.

3 Large Potatoes (I used the ones I got from the clearance rack at Joseph's for $1 today...I think they were White Potatoes)
Olive oil
Kosher Salt/Pepper

Crank the oven to 500 degrees. Cut your potatoes into about 1/2" wedges. Lay them out on a baking sheet & drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt & black pepper. Don't be shy, potatoes need a good amount of salt. Lay them in a SINGLE LAYER & bake for 20 minutes. Take out & flip them over. Put them back in for another 15-20 minutes & voila! Fantastic oven roasted taters. In the summer I have fresh rosemary. It is really fragrant and delicious to toss with the potatoes too.

Toss your pork in a big bowl.  I love to listen to music while I cook. And yes, I do dance while I cook too.

Puree red pepper, onion & garlic in the food processor.

Cook it in a small pan for about 5 minutes. The liquid will cook off & it will smell amaaaazing.  Set aside.

Put your pineapple in the processor & pulse until it's in little teeny bits. Add to the pork.

We like a medium heat in our burgers (but not so spicy that our son won't eat it) so I use 2 chipotles & a teaspoon of the adobo sauce - you can of course add more or less depending on your taste. Puree them in the food processor and add to the pork.  I was about to cry here...those peppah's are SPICY!

Now that your veggies have cooled a bit, add those into the meat as well and mix it very well. Make sure that it's all very incorporated.  You must test your seasonings. So, take your little sautee pan from our veggie cooking and warm it back up. Spray with some nonstick spray & make a tester patty. If it needs more salt. Add it! If it isn't spicy enough? Add more! Annnnd if it's too spicy? You're screwed. I kid, add a little more meat (if you have it) or some breadcrumbs. That'll help mellow it out.
If they're good, you're ready to form the patties. I like to lay a big piece of plastic wrap on the counter and put little "meatballs" on there with my scooper. Then they are all the same size & my hands don't get yucky.  When you have all the meatballs laid out, top them with more plastic wrap & press them into patties. You can use a cookie sheet to make them all at once!

Time to cook. In the winter, I just cook them on the stove. They are fantastic on the grill though. While they are cooking, slice open all your mini buns & lay them out.  When the burgers are close to cooked, add the cheese & cover so it melts. Now you can just plop 'em all on the buns as they finish. It's like a little assembly line.
They are sooooooo fantastic. My own personal creation. I got the idea from the dude who sells meats at the Farmer's Market in Downtown Crystal Lake. He makes a wicked Hawaiian Pork Burger (which I have duplicated) and a fantastic Chipotle Pork Burger. I combined ingredients from both to come up with this sweet, smokey & spicy burger. Enjoy!

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Mel said...

Do you strain the juice from the canned pineapple?

Melissa said...

Yes! the pineapple is already juicy on it's own. :)

Melissa said...

Copying this review from Facebook:

Melissa Ann Walker
Pork Sliders - O.....M......G! I dont know how I survived 36 years without these in my life!!! I made them for dinner for my husband, and 3 kids. They all made serious "mmm, yummm, mmmm" noises at the dinner table. NOrmally, I hate that sort of thing! But tonight, an exception was made b/c I, myself, made the same noises!!! FAN-TASTIC! I had leftovers (I had to buy two 1lb packages of pork) so I got to have them for lunch the next day! It was a happy happy day!!! :) I highly recommend trying these!