Spiced Lamb Sliders with Harissa Mayonnaise and Cucumber

Spiced Lamb Sliders Super Bowl, Schmooper Bowl

I sat down to write a post about Super Bowl food, but find myself less than excited about the entire thing. I’m not sure if it’s because I have no real interest in the two teams playing, or if it’s because I see the potential for mass hysteria on the roadways. Or maybe I’m just kinda cranky…it’s been known to happen.

It’s weird, really. I have always been a football fan. Some might say a rabid football fan. (Go Ducks!) But for some reason, this year I don’t care all that much. Don’t get me wrong, I will watch the game, and I may even invite a few folks over to join us. But my excitement will be more for the commercials and food than any thing else.

However, if there is something to be excited about it’s these sliders—they are the bomb! (Just ask my kids, who couldn’t stop eating them—even with the Harissa Mayo.) They are the perfect finger food, and therefore they are perfect for your Super Bowl spread…with our without the game.

Spiced Lamb Sliders with Harissa Mayonnaise and Cucumber
Adapted from Market Math Cookbook by Food & Wine Magazine
Yields 12 sliders

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Harissa
1 pound ground lamb
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
12 slider buns (I like to use Cake Box Slider Buns.)
Thinly sliced English cucumber (for serving)
Red onion slices (optional)

Make the Harissa Mayonaise
Whisk the mayonnaise with the harissa in a small bowl, and set it aside.

Make the Patties
Heat a grill pan or heavy bottom cast iron frying pan. You can also try these on the grill, but they are pretty small…

In a large bowl, mix the lamb with the coriander, cumin, paprika and 1 tsp each of salt and pepper. Form the mixture into twelve half inch-thick patties, (I rolled them into 1 ounce balls, and used my hands to flatten them on my stove’s flat-top griddle.)

Grill the patties over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred outside and medium on the inside. This should take about 4 minutes.

Set the patties on the buns, top with the harissa mayonnaise, onion and cucumber slices, and serve.

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