Smoky Sliders With Chipotle Mayonnaise

Greg, Cameron and Chili

Happy Father’s Day to all.

We started the Father’s Day Celebration early by inviting our friends Greg, Cauleen, Connor (20 months), Cameron (the adorable baby) and Martini (Yorkshire Terrier) over for a Saturday evening dinner.

If you remember, Connor has already been a blog star with the posting of his adorable 1st Birthday cake eating photo.  If you haven’t seen it, you really owe yourself a look.

Our two families are Canine related. That’s right, our Yorkshire Terriers are either cousins or brothers or sisters or uncles or aunts or something…and we didn’t even know that until we got to know Greg and Cauleen better. It’s a small world.

Enough small talk, let’s get on to the food lineup.

I started out with an appetizer I found over at Noble Pig.  A beautiful dip resulting in a wonderful creamy taste mixing  feta cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, green onions and pepperoncini. And with BBQ potato chips for dipping made for such an interesting and delicious combo. I’ve been dying to give it a try ever since Cathy posted it. Cauleen asked for the recipe, so it was a hit and a keeper.

I grilled up some of these wonderful little flavor packed sliders, Smoky Sliders With Chipotle Mayonnaise. What a treat!  I found these over at Cookin’ Canuck, promptly bookmarked the recipe and was just waiting for the perfect guinea pigs to test them on…Greg and Cauleen, adventurous little foodies themselves, fit the bill. Somehow, I got these little burgers cooked perfectly, the chipotle mayo is a wonderful compliment to the smoky cilantro laced patties and topped with a slice of grilled pineapple.  MUWAAAA!  Loved these so much I’m taking them camping next week. Be forewarned, these little goodies do pack a little heat, but I’m kind of a wuss about that but found them to be just right. Thanks to Dara for the recipe.

The meal was complimented by a cold crisp broccoli and bacon salad dressed with a mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar based sauce. Throw in some sweet raisins and in crunchy cashews and it was a perfect side for the spicy burgers.  I got this recipe from my friend Kathy who brought it on a camping trip several years ago. I love this broccoli salad and again a hit because Greg insisted on the recipe.

What a better way to end a summer meal than with Larry’s Strawberry Pie. This is the 2nd time I’ve made this pie since he posted the recipe on his blog, Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings, and we love it. Easy, delicious and it screams Summer.

The only recipe I’ll post will be for the broccoli side dish.  All other recipes can be found by clicking on the links.

Enjoy the rest of the photos.

Enjoying some wine on the lawn

A lot of ball was played

...and a little farming

Greg and Cameron

Kathy’s Broccoli Salad :

1 bunch broccoli — about 3 cups
6 slices bacon — fried & crumbled
1/2 cup red onion
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup cashews
Toss Together in a bowl
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp white vinegar

1. mix together and add with brocoli mixture.

Servings: 8

A Summer Backyard BBQ ,

It’s What’s for Father’s Day!

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  1. Vickie says

    Ohmygosh, this post has a little of everything . . . kids, dogs, dirt, friends and tons of great looking food. Those little sliders really got my attention but all of it looks amazing as always. Beautiful pictures, too. What cute kids (including the furry ones.) :)

  2. says

    What a super post! I loved the recipes AND mostly, the photos. Such an adorable baby and those dogs are so sweet. Love the photo of the dog with the tennis ball!

  3. says

    Those sliders sound just perfect for my tastes, especially with the spicy mayo. The dip also really caught my eye, I bet the pepperocini really kicked up the flavor.

    • says

      As always, thanks to everyone for all their comments on my last two posts. I’ve read and appreciated every single word, but busy, busy, busy time around here and sorry I’ve not been able to reply personally to everyone.

  4. says

    The food all looks delicious and it looks like all were having a good time, but you wouldn’t likely be laying around on my 95* lawn. Thanks for the shout out on the pie – looks like it turned out good.

  5. says

    We make that same broccoli salad, except we use sunflower seeds and call it Carolyn’s Broccoli Salad because that’s the friend we got the recipe from. Good stuff. We make it a lot in the summer.

    That feta dip also looks very tasty. I have some fresh feta thats headed for it. I’m thinking about trying it with sweet potato chips.

    Thanks for sharing!


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