Friday, April 16, 2010

Sliders on Hawaiian Bread Rolls

When we were making up the menu for this week Matt suggested we have burgers one night, he had seen some online that were on Hawaiian bread rolls & he wanted to try that. I decided to take the opportunity to try making my own Hawaiian bread & Matt tried a different method for cooking the burgers. We both thought the end result was one of the best burgers we've ever made!
Slider on Homemade Hawaiian Bread
I found a lot of recipes on line for Hawaiian bread so I combined what I learned from this & that to make my dough. This is a rich, sweet dough not unlike a brioche though not as quite as heavy. I left it to Matt to decide how to shape the bread & he went with pull apart rolls similar to the Hawaiian bread you get in the store. They turned out really fluffy & the perfect size for sliders. I'm not sure if they tasted exactly like Hawaiian bread but they were really good.
Hawaiian Bread Rolls

Hawaiian Bread Rolls

1/2 c warm water
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/4 c melted salted butter + more for brushing on the rolls before baking
1 T dry yeast
1/2 T kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 t vanilla extract
6 T sugar
3 c all-purpose flour

Put the water, pineapple juice & melted butter in a large container. Stir in the yeast. Add the salt, egg, vanilla & sugar, stir again. Add the flour 1 cup at a time. If it gets too hard to stir in with a spoon use your hand to incorporate it all. You should have a soft dough. Cover loosely & let sit at room temperature until doubled in size, 2 - 3 hours.

At this point you can shape the rolls, rise them again & bake them but I put the covered container in the fridge & let it sit overnight ala Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

On baking day prepare two loaf pans by spraying them with non-stick spray. Shape the dough into sixteen 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 ounce balls (if the dough is a little stiff let it warm up a bit before shaping). Cover with a towel & let rise until doubled in size, 2 - 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the rolls with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack.

Makes 16 rolls.

Matt says he based his method for cooking these burgers on the steaming that White Castle does. He used a large skillet to create a lid over the burgers on the grill so that they cooked in their own steam. They came out so tender & juicy. I also loved the onions cooked with the burgers.

Matt's Sliders

1/2 pound of ground grass- fed beef
1 t steak seasoning
3 dashed worcestershire sauce
1 t salt
1/2 c chopped onion
non-stick spray
5 small slices of cheese, optional (we used monterey jack)

Mix the beef with the steak seasoning. worcestershire & salt. Form into 5 patties.

Heat a griddle over medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the onions on the griddle. Place the patties on top of the onions. Use a skillet or other large pan to cover the burgers. Let cook for 3 minutes. Flip burgers over, add a cheese slice to the top of each burger if using & replace lid. Cook another 2 - 3 minutes for medium.

Serve on Hawaiian Bread Rolls that have been split in half with the toppings of your choice.

Makes 5 sliders.

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Tangled Noodle said...

Between you and Matt, our summer grilling menu is set! King's Hawaiian Rolls have always been a guilty pleasure but your version rules!

Jenna said...

Now that's a gourmet burger. Looks delicious and I can't wait to try making that Hawaiian bread!

Sharon said...

I LOVE Hawaiian bread and would love trying to make them at home. Thanks for the recipe!

Lisa Paul said...

Hmmm. Love when hamburger meat is mixed with onions for burgers. Keeps everything moist and delicious.

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

I hadn't heard of Hawaiian bread before!

Kris said...

Hawaiian bread (at least the stuff you buy at the store) makes the most delicious french toast. I bet yours would make an even better version.

Lori said...

The rolls look fantastic! I'm currently collecting good bun recipes for our summer grilling. I want to keep making my own and these look so great. Love the burger recipe too. Yay grilling season!

vanillasugarblog said...

Oh man do I love sliders, and here you've made your own bread--and it's the good bread too.

Malia said...

Makes great hot dog buns also but it is not "Hawaiian". It is actually Portuguese Sweetbread. Just one of the fantastic foods that we have here in Hawaii from all our different cultures. You can see and taste authentic Portuguese Sweet Bread (and White Bread) maede in a traditional stone oven at Kona Historial Society on Thursdays in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Try Sweetbread in your next French Toast - YUM! Or your next bread pudding - don't forget the coconut syrup. Aloha from Kona - Malia

grace said...

first of all, i love how you and matt work so well together--you're like a well-oiled machine! secondly, i love eating hawaiian bread from the deli, but i've never come across a recipe for it--thanks!

kat said...

Malia - thanks so much for the great info!

Peter M said...

Whoa, that's a burger that will surely make my jaw ache trying to take a bite of it...but I will!

Lori said...

That bread looks so good. And the finished product looks fantastic. You guys are a great team. I am still trying to get my husband to catch the bbq bug. I have him watch BBQ University whenever possible.

Michelle said...

YUMMY...the buns with pineapple juice sound delicious! Love to add fruit juice to frosting in place of vanilla and adding it to bread is a great idea!

Deborah said...

I love Hawaiian bread and have always wanted to try making it. They look perfect!

dining tables said...

Look at those! They really look so delicious. I am really going to make this.

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