Mini Caramelized Onion Beef Sliders

To say these past few months have been overwhelming and hectic is an understatement. I recently hit a rough patch with my anxiety, dealing with the aftermaths of a depressive incident. I was stuck in this unstoppable, negative, self hating mindset and I could not for the life of me get out of it. Everyday was as if I was drowning and all I needed was a little air, a little break, but the waves would keep pulling me back under, over and over and over again. I didn’t want to die, but the thoughts haunted my every move. I knew at that point I needed help. I could no longer keep fighting this monster on my own. I broke once again to the people who were closet to me, and they held me as I cried and voiced my worries and thoughts. They were there to help me get back up, again, because falling apart is human, and it’s something that I’m learning to be okay with. Now I am here, weeks later, sharing this with all of you when I thought I was at the end of my story.

Life is crazy sometimes. When you think you know what you’re doing and things might be alright, you get thrown another curve ball. I seem to be getting a ton of those lately, but I promised myself to stay strong and to keep trying because everyday is a new day, and in time, things will get better. I don’t know many people who have anxiety or depression, but I do know that a large portion of the population has one or the other, or both. There are no words to describe how difficult this journey is to someone who has never experienced it first hand, but also because everyones’ story is different. If you or a loved one has this or any other mental illness, please be kind, be patient, not only to others, but to yourself as well. The storm will pass and there is a light at the end of the tunnel whether you see it right now or not. I am forever in debt to the people who have been my crutch during this time. You all have no idea how much I appreciate you, and to say I wouldn’t be here without you all is the biggest understatement.

Just a little food for thought today.

Moving on to these scrumptious mini sliders! These babies would be absolutely perfect as an appetizer for a little get together, or you can chow them down yourself, (no shame) because they are THAT good. You can mix it up too if you don’t have the exact ingredients and they’ll taste just as great.

MINI CARAMELIZED ONION BEEF SLIDERS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 3 springs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Any type of greens (I used some from a mixed salad box)
  • 8 small, thinly sliced pepper jack cheese (or any other cheese you like)
  • 8 toasted Hawaiian buns (can sub for other buuuns)

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DIRECTIONS

For the caramelized onions

  • Cut the red onions into thin strips.
  • Heat a skillet with olive oil and cook the red onions on medium heat, stirring often till soft.
  • Reduce heat and cook till onions caramelize (20mins).
  • Add wine, water, & thyme.
  • Cook until all the liquid is evaporated.
  • Season with salt & pepper.
  • Set aside.

For the patties

  • Dice white or yellow onion.
  • Cook on skillet till translucent (3 mins).
  • Set onions is a medium bowl.
  • Add in ground beef, salt, pepper & parsley.
  • Mix to combine ingredients & make 8 patties.
  • Heat oil in skillet at medium heat and cook ~ 4-5 mins each side.
  • Top with a slice of cheese after flipping.
  • Assemble your mini sliders however you desire & enjoy!

 

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