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Peach Habanero Sliders

Tune into WZZM 13 On Your Side on Sunday, September 15th at 9 am EST to see my Tailgating Segment. I'll be making these Peach Habanero Sliders along with some other Game Day Sliders and Broccoli Salad. Tune in!

Peach Habanero Sliders

These Peach Habanero Sliders are great to make in the late summer and early fall when peaches are ripe in Michigan. I love the combination of sweet and spicy. These are perfect for tailgating and game day parties. Keep extra bibb or butter lettuce leaves handy and let your guests choose to make a Peach Habanero Slider or a Peach Habanero Lettuce Wrap.

Serves 12 (Sliders) or 6 (Burgers)

Peach Habanero Sauce 4 ripe peaches, peeled and seeded 1 clove garlic 1 habanero, seeded 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice ¼ cup honey ¼ cup rice wine vinegar Optional - fresh cilantro

Patties 2 pounds freshly ground chuck (80/20) 3 tablespoons soy sauce Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper

12 slider buns, split, or 6 hamburger buns 2 cups butter or bibb lettuce leaves 12 slices tomatoes (similar to bun size) 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions

MAKE SAUCE Add all Peach Habanero Sauce ingredients to a food processor and process until well blended. Set aside.

MAKE PATTIES Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, gently mix together ground chuck and soy sauce. Form the meat into 12 equal slider patties (or 6 burger patties), then depress the centers for even cooking. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

Grill patties for 4 to 5 minutes with the grill lid closed as much as possible. Flip patties and grill for 3 to 4 more minutes, depending on your desired doneness. During the last minute of cooking, place buns cut-side down and lightly toast. Remove buns and patties from grill and lightly tent with foil until ready to assemble.

ASSEMBLE On each bun bottom, add some lettuce leaves and top with a patty. Next, add a tomato slice and some onion slices. Drizzle Peach Habanero Sauce over onions and tomatoes, then add bun tops.


When peaches aren’t in season, feel free to substitute with mangoes or pineapple.

To make BBQ Peach Habanero Sauce, add 1/4 cup bbq sauce to the recipe above. This is a great sauce for chicken or shrimp.

Broccoli Salad

I always like to take something fresh and seasonal to my tailgates. Since broccoli is in season right now, here's a great salad to bring to your next tailgating party.

SAUCE 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon Salt and pepper, to taste

3 heads fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces 12 slices bacon, cooked and chopped 1 red onion, diced 1/2 dried cherries

Optional - sunflower seeds, pepitas, pistachios

MAKE SAUCE Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix together until well combined.

Add broccoli, bacon, red onion, dried cherries and nuts to a large bowl. Add the sauce and lightly toss together until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate.

Broccoli Salad

Thanks to Scott & Rhonda Greiner for delivering all of the fresh broccoli this morning. It's delicious!

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