To the naked eye, a slider is just a little soft white roll that looks a lot like a mini hamburger bun. If you’ve never eaten one before, you can’t anticipate the pillow-like texture and slightly sweet edge that these little beauties have. I first encountered sliders when I was living in the States 20+ years ago, and I was always keen to do a fish slider when I was first planning on opening Depot in Auckland back in 2011. No one was making the right-sized bun at the time, so Sean Armstrong from Loaf Handcrafted Breads and I worked on creating the perfect slider recipe. The fish sliders became one of the most popular dishes on the Depot menu, and Loaf now sell them commercially in supermarkets all over New Zealand.
Sliders are super versatile; great for handing round when you have mates over, a simple week night dinner, or popping in the kids’ lunchboxes. At home my wife Lizzie does most of the cooking for the family, but if I’m in charge sliders are often one of my go-tos. If I’m feeling especially lazy I grab some of the meatballs I make with More Foods and go from there.
Here are 10 of my favourite slider flavor combos. Use these suggestions as a starting point, but don't be afraid to freestyle them just like when you’re making hamburgers. Just remember to slice and butter your slider buns before toasting them in a dry pan to get the best crispy finish and to warm and soften the bread.
Cheese Steak Slider: Grilled Meatball, Caramelised Onion, Melted Havarti Cheese and Pickled Peppers
Deutschland Slider: Grilled Pork Sausage, Sauerkraut and Apple
Southwest Slider: Grilled Meatballs, Bacon, Avocado, Coriander and Chipotle Mayonnaise
Salmon Slider: Grilled Salmon, Baby Spinach and Piccalilli
Lamb Slider: Shredded Braised Lamb, Hummus, Coriander and Feta Cheese
Steakhouse Slider: Grilled Meatball, Saurteed Mushrooms and Blue Cheese
Truckstop Slider: Grilled Meatball, Bacon, Smokey BBQ Sauce, Melted Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Onions
Deep Sea Slider: Battered Fish, Iceberg Lettuce and Dill Tartare
Breakfast Slider: Grilled Champagne Ham, Scrambled Egg and Tomato Relish
Mediterranean Slider: Fried Haloumi, Grilled Eggplant and Harissa