Stuffed Sausage Sliders







1 small apple

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

1 nteaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or sage, crushed

1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg

2 pounds ground pork

1/2 – 3/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese or smoked provolone cheese (2 to 3 ounces)

16 2 inches buns, rolls, or biscuits, sliced nearly in half

1 recipe Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw

  1. Peel and shred enough of the apple to measure 1/3 cup. In a large bowl combine the 1/3 cup apple, oil, garlic, pepper, fennel seeds, salt, thyme, and nutmeg. Add ground pork; mix well.
  2. Shape a scant 1/4 cup pork mixture into a ball and use your finger to make a deep indentation in top. Fill indentation with 1 to 2 teaspoons cheese; press pork mixture to enclose filling. Reshape pork mixture into a ball and flatten into a 2 1/2-inch-diameter patty. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pork mixture and cheese. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours.
  3. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium coals for 10 to 12 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
  4. Serve burgers in buns topped with Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw.
From the Test Kitchen

Preheat broiler. Prepare patties as directed through Step 2 and assemble apple packet for slaw as directed. Place patties and apple packet on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 9 to 11 minutes or until patties are done (160 degrees F) and fennel is tender, turning patties once halfway through broiling.

Grilled Apple-Fennel Slaw

1 tart apple, peeled

1 small fennel bulb

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

Dash salt

Dash cayenne pepper

  1. Fold a 36×18-inch sheet of heavy foil in half to make an 18-inch square. Coarsely shred apple and cut fennel into thin, bite-size strips. Place apple and fennel in the center of foil; top with vinegar, butter, brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring up two opposite edges of foil and seal with a double fold. Fold remaining ends to completely enclose apple mixture, leaving space for steam to build. Grill apple packet alongside patties for 10 to 12 minutes or until fennel is tender.

Nutrition Facts (Stuffed Sausage Sliders)

Per serving: 289 kcal , 18 g fat (6 g sat. fat , 2 g polyunsaturated fat , 8 g monounsaturated fat ), 48 mg chol. , 335 mg sodium , 19 g carb. , 1 g fiber , 4 g sugar , 14 g pro.