Smoky Jalapeño Cream Cheese + Bacon Sliders w/ Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam
Jalapeño cream cheese, bacon AND jam on a slider. That's next level stuff.
1.25 pounds ground sirloin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 whole jalapeños
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
8 slices uncured bacon, cooked
1/3 cup Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam
8 whole grain slider buns
For the beef:
1. In a large bowl, use your hands to lightly combine the beef, salt and pepper. Use a light touch to shape them into patties that are 1'' thick and 2'' wide. Be careful not to overwork the meat or the burgers will become tough. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F. Grill over direct heat for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-well doneness.
For the jalapeño cream cheese:
2. Preheat your broiler on high. Place the jalapenos on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil. Broil the jalapenos in 2-minute increments, stopping to rotate on all sides, until the peppers are evenly charred. Remove from heat and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let the peppers cool for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the skin from the outside of peppers, then cut a slit down the pepper and remove the seeds. You may want to wear gloves while doing this to avoid skin irritation - do not touch your face while working with these! Finely dice the peppers and stir them into the softened cream cheese.
3. Top one-half of the slider buns with 1 tablespoon of jalapeno cream cheese. Top the other one-half with 1 tablespoon of Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam. Place a grilled slider patty on the buns and top with 1 slice of bacon broken in half to fit on the bun. Close the sandwich and serve hot!