real life test kitchen: sloppy joe sliders

Okay, here’s a first. I forgot to take a photo of a dish I wanted to share with you! We are usually so diligent about whipping out our camera before taking that first bite of whatever I have just cooked. But at Iz’s birthday party the other weekend, I just plum forgot. Honestly, I found being a hostess and a mom at the same time quite a challenge. Normally I’m the kind of gal who runs around and makes sure that everyone has a fresh drink in her hands, but on that Sunday, I found myself on the floor playing with our adorable girl most of the time. Hopefully people didn’t feel too neglected. Luckily, I did manage to whip up some tasty bites, namely sloppy joe sliders from Everyday Food. This is a pretty straightforward recipe — but it called for two things that really made the dish unique: mustard powder and a touch of cider vinegar. They really gave the beef some kick! I could NOT find mini buns like the ones in the photo anywhere, so I opted for hot dog buns cut into neat thirds instead. No one seemed to notice. I highly recommend this dish the next time you are serving a crowd, but skip the mini buns. Big ones would be better, because everyone wanted seconds! — Angela M.

From our partners

I’m sure nobody was offended that you were more mom than hostess. After all, they say the first birthday party is for the parents more than it’s for the child!

Mary T

I have been craving these all day, and it’s only 11 a.m.!

Whole Foods sells a small bun perfect for sliders.
Also, I sometimes do them with the dough you pop open on the side of a countertop. The mini burgers look cute on them and I make them along with pigs in the blanket. Great for kiddy parties.

Wow! Those look and sound so good. I’ll have to try.