Soirée Snacking: Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sliders

Originally published in Buffalo Spree magazine, February 2013

With an issue chockfull of luxe libations, a few tips for satisfying snacks are required. EAT teamed up with a few Spree food writers and our cocktail party-savvy editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Licata to proffer party nibbles ideal for your next beverage-focused get together.

Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sliders

I love bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches with avocado, but, to be honest, I can do without the lettuce entirely. I’d rather have mine with arugula, or something completely different than a green, such as an egg or an interesting condiment, and always on truly fabulous bread. My delight in reinventing BLTs is what led to this creation. Smoky bacon, creamy avocado, sweet-tart tomato, and spicy mayonnaise—all housed in a mini buttermilk biscuit—create a medley of textures and flavors that just belong together. And they pair well with a variety of beverages.

Here’s my recipe:
Buttermilk biscuits:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup buttermilk, chilled

Slider ingredients:
12 ounces Spar’s smoked bacon, cooked and cooled
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 tomato, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon hot sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a food processor, pulse flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add chilled butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Add the buttermilk and pulse a few times, only until the dough becomes wet.
  2. Dust a work surface with flour. Knead dough twice, just until it comes together. Pat the dough into a 1/4-inch-thick disk. Using a floured 1 ½-inch biscuit cutter, stamp biscuit rounds. Gather the scraps and knead twice, then flatten the dough and stamp more.
  3. Transfer the biscuits to a large baking sheet. Chill 10 to15 minutes. Bake for 8 to10 minutes, or until golden. Let biscuits cool before handling.
  4. Meanwhile, finish preparing components of sliders. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces. Combine mayonnaise with hot sauce; set aside. Using a bread knife, cut biscuits in half horizontally; insert toothpicks to keep halves together.
  5. Using a small knife or cocktail spoon, add a small dollop of spicy mayonnaise to each biscuit half. Add pieces of bacon, avocado, and tomato to each and insert toothpick. Repeat.

About Nina

Nina lives in Buffalo, NY. An adventurous home cook, she loves to eat, cook, bake & enjoy life. She writes/blogs about food, tweets adventures & other passions.

02. June 2013 by Nina
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