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January 04, 2015

THE ULTIMATE HAWAIIAN SLIDER

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The Ultimate Hawaiian Slider is composed of bacon, chicken, cheese arugula, and a sweet and spicy pineapple spread on a sweet dinner roll. Serve a platter of these babies the next time you have company and watch them disappear!

The Ultimate Hawaiian Slider
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This is one of those posts that required two photo sessions in order to obtain satisfactory results. Sometimes I try so hard to be prepared and organize and it ends up backfiring on me anyway. You have had that happen to you? I had prepped the individual components of the slider ahead of time so that I could have an efficient, speedy photography session when the opportunity arrived. What ended up happening, as it inevitably does, was I forgot an ingredient and did not realize it until after the photoshoot was over. This time, I had precooked the bacon and hid them in the vegetable crisper so that they wouldn't be eaten by my family on their routine pillage of the fridge. (They don't usually look in the vegetable bins for goodies to quell their ravenous appetites.) Unfortunately, the bacon was hidden so well that it was unnoticed by all, including myself, until after I did the first photoshoot. 

It wasn't until I saw Ree Drummond cook bacon on her TV show that realized I had left out the bacon in my sliders. I then dragged everything back out and did a second shoot so that there would also be a slider with visible bacon in it. I'll let you figure it out for yourself which picture was in the first photo session and which was in the second.   
                                                                                                    
The Ultimate Hawaiian Slider

I used sweet dinner rolls for these sandwiches, King's Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls, to be exact. If you don't have access to this brand, any sweet dinner roll would be fine. The slider was filled with thin sliced deli chicken and ham, bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, arugula, and a sweet chili/crushed pineapple spread. I used arugula because its slightly peppery flavor complimented the sweet and spicy pineapple spread and saltiness of the meat. If you don't like arugula, scallion would be a great substitute.



To make the sandwiches, I assembled the  meat and cheese layer first. It was then baked to heat the meat and melt the cheese. Once this was done, it was placed on the bun and the remaining components were added. The picture below illustrates how I folded the chicken and ham to fit the size of the bun, but do it anyway you want.

The Ultimate Hawaiian Slider

The bacon was hidden and forgotten about in the crisper in my refrigerator—there should have been strips of it tucked in between the layers of chicken an ham in the below picture. Ooopsie! These little bundles were then baked prior to placing on the buns.


Once assembled, you get this scrumptious looking little sandwich. Yum! How good it is!



THE ULTIMATE HAWAIIAN SLIDER



INGREDIENTS:

12 Kings Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls
12 strips of bacon, cooked and cut into thirds
1(20 oz.) can crushed pineapples
1 rounded tbsp. sweet chili sauce
12 thin slices deli ham
12 thin slices deli oven roasted chicken
12 slices (about 5 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese 
1/2 cup arugula



INSTRUCTIONS:

Slice each roll in half and set aside.

Place crushed pineapples in a strainer and press to squeeze out liquid. Drain well. Transfer to a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir in chili sauce and allow to heat up, reduce to warm. 

Fold each slice of chicken using this method: Working on the longest edges, fold one side in towards the center. Take the opposite side and fold it towards the center. The slice should now be oblong shaped. Fold this oblong into thirds to form a square packet. Place on a baking sheet. Place 3 pieces of bacon on chicken. Repeat folding the remaining slices of chicken, placing 3 pieces of bacon on each.

Turn oven to low broil.

Fold ham slices in the same manner as the chicken and place over the bacon. Top each stack with 1 slice of cheese. Broil a few minutes until cheese melts. 

Working in assembly line style, place each meat/cheese packet on the bottom half of each roll. Spread pineapple mixture on the top half of each roll. Place a few arugula leaves over cheese. Cover with the top half of the bun. Serve immediately. Makes 12.



ALSO FOUND ON IN GOOD FLAVOR





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14 comments:

  1. WOW... stopping by from foodie fridays, that looks amazing!! I love arugula lettuce, I'm pinning this for sure :)

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  2. This looks delicious! :D I love hawaiian! It's happened to me too... Once I forgot, and ended up taking pictures outside in -°C weather to get the right shot because there was no light in the house! Nevertheless ALL the pictures just look absolutely mouthwatering! Can't wait to give it a go! definitely pinning :) Happy Foodie Fridays!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dini! You are a trooper! I have not gone to that extreme yet, although I have had more double takes than I wanted to. (Sorry, I just realized I didn't reply to your comment.)

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  3. I love this! Looks soo good! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays at 9AM eastern time :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  4. Wow Thao, that looks great! I love creative sandwiches...can't wait to try this! So glad you shared this with us at #FoodieFridays! Pinning and sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! And thanks for another great party...I can always find some good recipes there.

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  5. This sounds absolutely DELICIOUS!! I need to make this soon! Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays - pinned and sharing on Facebook! :)

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  6. What a great Slider and perfect for this football season! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Yes, they would be. And maybe I'll pay a little attention to football now that the New England Patriots is moving on in the playoffs! Thanks for stopping by, Miz Helen.

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  7. What great little snacks, good use of flavours. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks, Laura. Ham and pineapples do go together so well...and bacon too!

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