Caprese Sliders with Bloody Mary Marinated Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

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Caprese Sliders with Bloody Mary Marinated Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

Sliders make a fun party appetizer. If the sun is out, then fire up the grill for the patties. You can also substitute ground lamb for the beef for a delicious twist.

Makes 12

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

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1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Demitri’s Extra Horseradish Bloody Mary Seasoning
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 large, ripe, roma tomatoes
2 large fresh mozzarella balls
12 large or 24 small, fresh basil leaves
12 slider buns

Mix the mayo, mustard and garlic together. Cover and refrigerate, for up to 2 days, until needed.

To make the burger mixture: In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the Demitri’s seasoning and ground beef together well, distributing the seasoning throughout the meat. Divide the mixture into 12 portions and shape into patties, about 3 inches in diameter.

Cut each tomato into 6 slices, place in a bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of Demitri’s seasoning. Cut each mozzarella ball into 6 slices. Set both aside.

Heat a medium or large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-high to high heat. Spray pan with a little cooking spray and, working in batches without crowding the pan, cook the patties until just done, about 1 minute per side.

To serve, split the buns and spread with the mayonnaise mixture. Place the patties on buns and top with a slice of cheese, marinated tomato and fresh basil leaves. Close the sliders and secure with picks.

Chef’s Note: If you want to serve the buns warm, wrap them in aluminum foil and reheat in a 375-degree oven.

Recipe created by Kathy Casey Food Studios®for Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning