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Sliders with Potato Buns

The Potato Bun recipe is slightly adapted from both the Food Network and I am Food. The Slider Recipe is from the amazing Ida Garten.
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Ingredients
  

For the Potato Buns:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup lard or shortening
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm potato water (the leftover water from cooking the potatoes)
  • 5 cups flour

For the Sliders

  • 2 lbs premium ground beef (80 percent lean and 20 percent fat)
  • 1 Tbsp good Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsps good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the grill
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme leaves
  • 3 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Topping Ideas:

  • Blue Cheese & Sun dried Tomatoes
  • Gruyere, Aruglua & Tomato
  • Mushrooms and Onions
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Crumbled Bacon

Instructions
 

For the Potato Buns

  • In the bowl of a mixer, combine 2 cups of flour with the yeast.
  • In a small bow, mix together the water, potatoes, butter, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the wet mix to the flour mix. Beat with the whisk for 30 seconds on low, then for 3 minutes on high.
  • Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining flour, adding as needed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. The dough should be sticky still.
  • Let rise until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle flour into a clean counter. Take a section of dough and set it on the counter right into the flour. Pressing down on the dough, rotate your hand in a circle and the dough will gather up into a ball. For a slider you want the bun quite small so these sections of dough are really small. About 3-4 tbsp of dough.
  • When the bun is formed place it on the cookie sheet.
  • Let them rise until doubled.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly.

For the Sliders:

  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the mustard, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix gently with a fork to combine, taking care not to compress the ingredients.
  • Shape the meat into 12 (2-inch) patties of equal size and thickness.
  • Cook the sliders on your barbecue for about 4 minutes per side. Just don't overcook them!
  • Slide them into your fresh potato buns and add some toppings.