Chipotle Corn Meal Sliders

created by Lindsay Jones

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Cheesy, meaty and perfect for eating with your hands, these sliders will add flavor to your fall football game party. Go deep by cooking up some ham steak and corn meal cakes, and then punch it in the endzone with flavor by adding some sharp cheddar and red and green peppers. Your guests will be screaming "Touchdown!" by halftime.

Cook Time: 8-11 min

Servings: 12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package of FARMER JOHN® Original Ham Steaks 6 oz.
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbs. fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups water (plus more if needed)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced and blanched
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced and blanched
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced thin
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 24 thin slices sharp cheddar cheese, cut 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch square

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Set aside.

For ham: Heat large, non-stick, pan on high heat. Place ham steaks in hot, dry pan and seer for 2 minutes per side or until somewhat charred and browned around edges. Cut ham steak into 1-inch by 1-inch squares. Set aside.

Line large plate with paper towels. Set aside.

For batter: In large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, baking soda, salt and chipotle pepper. Set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together egg and water until combined. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Fold in blanched peppers and green onion. Batter should be thick but wet. Add more water if needed.

To fry cornmeal cakes, work in batches. Coat large frying pan or cast-iron skillet with thin layer of oil and heat over medium heat.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter onto heated pan and press into even layer. Repeat with additional batter without crowding. Cook cakes for 1-2 minutes per side and flip when bubbles form of top and sides. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining batter.

Place cakes in one layer on foil lined baking sheet. To build sliders, place 1 slice of cheese on half of the cakes. Top cheese with 1 piece of ham, then another slice of cheese and finish with a second cornmeal cake. Repeat until all cakes have been used.

Place baking sheet in oven for 3-5 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and serve to ham-loving crowd immediately.