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Country Fried Steak Sliders with Caramelized Onions will elevate your next tailgate to the knockout level! Wow your guests with these easy, tasty sliders!
If you grew up in the South, you know that football is pretty big around here. Some of the local high schools have nicer stadiums than a lot of colleges! So it only makes sense that tailgating and football parties are also pretty big deals around here. People spend thousands every year on tickets, RVs, tailgating tents and props, and of course, FOOD.
We love to entertain, especially during football season, and I have several go-to recipes that my guests know will always be on the table: Classic Pimento Cheese, Italian Sliders, Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta Salad, and Southern Pulled Pork, just to name a few.
I wanted to come up with a new slider recipe though, one that was easy but decadently delicious. And of course, what’s more delicious than caramelized onions? Maybe country fried steak WITH caramelized onions!
Do you have a favorite bun for your sliders? If not, you should give these Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics Sweet & Soft slider buns a try. I love the quality of Pepperidge Farm® products, so I knew these slider buns would be perfect for this recipe and they were! You can pick some up at your local Kroger, right on the bread aisle.
Let’s make some sliders!
How to Make Country Fried Steak Sliders:
The first thing you’ll do is cook your caramelized onions. Take 4 large onions, sliced thin, and place them in a large cast iron skillet with melted butter. Cook the onions on medium for about 45 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. Be sure you scrape up the goodness that accumulates on the bottom of the skillet. Here’s a great tutorial for cooking caramelized onions. You can even make these a couple of days before you make the sliders.
When the onions are nicely caramelized, remove them from the skillet and heat about 1/4-inch of peanut or vegetable oil. Start with regular old cubed steak, which you can find in your Kroger meat department. Cut the pieces into thirds or quarters, depending on the size. You want them to be just slightly smaller than the slider buns. Season the meat by sprinkling on a little Worcestershire sauce and any Cajun seasoning.
Dredge each piece of meat in flour that you’ve seasoned with salt and pepper, and drop into the skillet with sizzling hot oil.
Cubed steaks cook quickly, so the meat will be done in less than 10 minutes. About 3 minutes per side is all you need. Remove the meat to a paper-towel lined plate and place a small slice of provolone cheese on each piece of meat.
The slider buns are made to stay attached on one side, which means it’s easier to hold and eat whatever you’ve filled them with. Carefully pull apart the open side and place a piece of meat then a scoop of caramelized onions. That’s it! Set out some barbecue sauce and spicy mustard for condiments and serve with pickles and chips.
Oh, and don’t forget the beer! These meaty sliders are screaming for beer! I used Warsteiner German Pilsener, but you could go with any pilsner-style beer—which you can also pick up at your local Kroger!
Be sure you visit the Kroger Game Day Greats website for other ideas and coupons for these Pepperidge Farm® Bakery Classics slider buns!
Country Fried Steak Sliders with Caramelized Onions
- 3 pieces cubed steak, cut into quarters
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cajun seasoning
- Peanut or Vegetable oil
- 2 cups flour for dredging
- Salt and Pepper
- 6 slices provolone cheese, halved
- 2 cups caramelized onions
- 1 12-pack Pepperidge Farm® Sweet and Soft slider buns
- In a large skillet, pour enough oil to cover the bottom well and turn burner to medium-high. Sprinkle meat pieces with Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning.
- Stir salt and pepper into flour, then dredge meat pieces in the flour and pat flour onto meat. When oil is hot, carefully place each meat piece in the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the meat pieces over and allow to cook another 3-4 minutes. You may want to flip one more time and cook for another minute if you see red juices on the top.
- Remove meat from skillet when done and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Top each meat piece with a half-slice of provolone cheese.
- Open buns on one side and place a piece of meat and top with a scoop of caramelized onions.
- Serve sliders on a tray with your choice of accompaniments. I like barbecue sauce, spicy mustard, ketchup, pickles, and chips.