Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Bison Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

American Idol is officially in full swing and tonight they’re headed to Aspen, Colorado for the second week of auditions. I was a little confused at first since the audition city posted on the website is Denver, so I’m assuming the call back rounds were held in Aspen. Nevertheless I cooked up a Colorado inspired appetizer for tonight’s episode.

Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! Music was gracious (and adventurous) enough to include my recipes on her weekly reality music blog, Reality Rocks, for Season 10 and now Season 11. It definitely makes my last stab at Idol worth it that much more (see my audition here). 🙂

Check out Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers on Yahoo’s Reality Rocks HERE!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground bison (substitute with lean ground sirloin if you can’t find bison)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2-3 pieces roasted red peppers, jarred
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 whole grain rolls, sliced
  • 1 cup spinach arugula mix (lettuce will work too)
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced

In a large bowl mix together the first 5 ingredients until well combined.

Form into 6-7 small patties.

Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes then flip.

Once the meat is almost cooked top with the cheese to melt. Remove from the pan.

While the meat is cooking mix the next 5 ingredients, through the kosher salt, in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Slice the rolls in half and smooth the bottom half with the aioli, top with the spinach mix, meat, then the tomato.

Bon Appetit!

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