Let’s face it- we all have hectic schedules. Between the final days of summer, the hectic “back to school” rush and the madness of the impending holidays comes one of a Southern girls’ favorite times of year: Football season! And while attending our fair share of tailgates and football parties may seem like an easy feat, we are often asked to bring a dish to the celebration or even (gasp) host a party of our own. Luckily, the Tailgate Roast Beef on Rolls (aka sliders) from The Life of the Party on page 33 are a quick, easy and impressive treat that will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.
To be completely honest, 90% of what I cook revolves around how much I love cheese. So while this recipe traditionally calls for Swiss cheese, I opted for a more gourmet variety: Gruyère. I definitely think this swap helped dress up the sliders since I was cooking for friends. I was also very strapped for time when I was making this, and decided to use chives instead of green onions since that’s what I happened to have in my refrigerator at the time. Though there’s no real substitution for the unmistakably distinct flavor of green onions, chives or minced shallots can be used as a quick fix (and are just as tasty). I also had half an onion on hand that needed to be used, so I caramelized them (a painstaking process, but completely worth it), and used them as my final touch before tossing the assembled sliders in the oven. These sliders were such a hit, and I loved that even though I followed the recipe pretty straight on, there were so many options to improvise or put your own twist on the recipe. Pretzel rolls, pickled radishes, Londonport roast beef, or fresh arugula all would have made great additions or substitutions to this dish. You could even make these as larger sandwiches for dinner or lunch! Who doesn’t love options, right?
The best part about this recipe, other than the fact that it’s absolutely delicious, is that it takes all of 20 minutes to make- that’s it! If you’re really crunched for time, you can even prepare the sliders beforehand by assembling the sandwiches, wrapping them in foil and storing in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. While I love to cook, I just don’t always have the time to make something from scratch, but that’s why I love these sliders. This recipe is perfect for the “can’t-cook” cooks out there, and a wonderful dish for football entertaining.
Let us know how you make yours!
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 (24 count) package small dinner rolls
1 to 2 pounds deli-sliced cajun roast beef
12 slices swiss cheese (or cheese of your choice)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Combine the cream cheese, ranch dressing mix and green onions in a small bowl and mix well. Remove rolls from the package. Slice the rolls horizontally; remove the top of the rolls in on piece. Spread the mixture on the cut side of both layers. Layer the roast beef and cheese you selected on the bottom layer. Cover with the top layer of rolls; brush with melted butter. Arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Slice into 24 small rolls. Serve warm.