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!
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.
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 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!
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