Ground Pork and Classic Bacon Waffle Sliders

 
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SERVINGS
16
PREP TIME
45
MIN
COOK TIME
25
MIN
TOTAL TIME
1
HR
5
MIN
DIFFICULTY
Medium

Waffle:

  • 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 quart cultured lowfat buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 5 egg whites

Pork Patties:

  • 2 pounds FARMER JOHN® Extra Lean Ground Pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice bread, soaked in ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons maple seasoning

Additional ingredients:

  • 2 16 oz packages of FARMER JOHN® Thick-Cut Bacon, cooked and cut in half
  • Maple syrup

Waffles:

  1. Sift flour, powdered sugar, baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in salt.
  2. Add buttermilk, butter and egg whites. Whisk until combined. Some lumps are fine, do not over beat.
  3. In a 7-inch round Belgian waffle iron heated on medium low, ladle about 1 ½ cups batter into the iron. You want it to fill up the whole iron to make nice slider buns. Cook until waffle is golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Break off cooked waffles into quarters and keep warm in a 200 °F oven until ready to serve.

Patties:

  1. Combine ground pork, egg and soaked bread in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, stir salt, pepper, sage, thyme and maple seasoning.
  3. Combine half the amount of the spices into the pork mixture.
  4. Shape 2-ounce patties into balls and flatten slightly, making an indent with your thumb in the center. Repeat until all are formed.
  5. Season with remaining rub and sear in a skillet on medium heat. Cook until internal temperature reaches 160 °F. If the patties get too dark, continue cooking in a 400 °F

Assembly:

  1. Lay one waffle slider bun down and drizzle with some maple syrup, lay 2 strips bacon down, a patty, waffle slider bun and 2 more strips of bacon. Secure with skewer. Drizzle more maple syrup over the slider.
  2. Assemble remaining sliders and serve warm.