Sunday, June 7, 2009

Slippin' and Slidin'

It's barbeque season, and everybody is talking about sliders this and sliders that. Beef sliders, pork slides, turkey sliders...probably even fish sliders. What's a veg-head to do? Come up with something even better, of course! In this case, better is a multi-layered, caramelized stack of deliciousness.

The quest has twisted and turned through a couple of recipes, and resulted in Roasted Vegetable Sliders with Garlicky White Bean Spread. This began with Moomie's buns, brushed with sesame oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds before baking. The cooled buns were split and spread with white beans pureed with a whole head of roasted garlic and lemon juice to add brightness. Then, on went the roasted vegetables--mini portobellos, green chiles, red onions, zucchini and yellow summer squash, and orange bell pepper. Served with a side of roasted green bean "fries," this scratched the deep, "I need vegetables" itch that the early summer always brings out.

I can hold my head--and my sandwich--up high at the next barbeque!