Super Bowl Game Night – Sliders and Chicken Drummers

It’s no secret that we are not “Football” fans.  However, as the Rugby 6 Nations is not on, and as they say… “when in Rome”… so we thought we would have a Super Bowl night dinner and save our excitement for the new Glee episode after the game.   
The menu we decided on was homemade sliders, confit chicken drumsticks (legs) and a few chips (fries in America!)

First we made our slider buns.
Bun Ingredients:
1 cup sour dough starter
2 tbsp dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water (warm)
3 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tbsp salt
sesame seeds for dusting
Mix the yeast, starter and water and let stand for 10 minutes. Then add the flour and knead well in a mixer or by hand. Once well kneaded add the salt then set aside in a warm place and let the dough rise. (Once it has doubled in size turn out onto a well floured surface).
Divide the dough and weigh into 100g portions then shape.
Spray with a little water then dust with sesame seeds.
Spray a cookie sheet or silpat with spray oil then place the buns on the sheet.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise to almost double their size. Then bake in an oven at 450f with a bowl of water in the bottom to create steam. Cook for about 30 minutes. The buns will sound hollow when tapped if they are properly cooked.

Let cool.
Confit Chicken Legs
Season the legs with paprika, celery salt, rock salt and pepper then cover in the fridge for an hour.
In a large saucepan place bay, garlic, thyme and peppercorns.

Add the seasoned chicken.
Cover with oil (we use a pomace enriched with olive oil). Cook over a very low heat for several hours then remove and let cool in the oil. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for several days. 

Take your beef steak and grind. You want to keep some of the fat to grind as well.
Chill the grinder for at least an hour before use.
Keep the ground meat well chilled. Season with salt and pepper.

Use a cookie cutter that is the size of your slider buns and shape your patties.
Cover and keep chilled until they are needed.
To Serve

Cut and toast the buns.
Sear the chicken legs.

Cook the sliders.

We had this dish with some fries, and a mix of condiments as we flipped between the Antiques Roadshow and the Super Bowl commercials anxiously awaiting Sue Sylvester’s brilliant sarcasm following the game.

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