Bolognese Pull Apart Sliders are soft, warm and super tasty fresh from the oven and are a perfect appetiser or snack whatever the season.
Course: appetiser, Appetizer, starters
Cuisine: American, Italian, World
Keyword: bolognese, sliders
30g(2 tablespoons) butter
1/2cup(125ml) whole milk
7g(1 sachet or 2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
420g(3 1/4 cups) bread flour
For the Filling;
1small clove garlic, crushed
1/2small onion grated
200gminced / ground beef
1 1/2tablespoonsred wine(note 1)
1/2tin200ml diced or crushed tomatoes
1 1/2tablespoonswhole milk(note 1)
1 1/2tablespoonstomato paste(note 1)
1teaspoondried oregano(note 2)
1/2teaspoondried thyme(note 2)
Pepper to taste
24small pieces(1cm square) Gouda cheese (note 3)
For the topping
2tablespoonsolive oil(note 1)
2tablespoonsfinely chopped fresh parsley(note 1)
In a small saucepan over the lowest heat, melt the butter. Once it has almost all melted, add the water, milk and sugar. Stir until combined and sugar has melted (only about a minute - you just want the mixture to be luke warm, not hot). Turn the heat off and sprinkle yeast over the top, then whisk together well. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes until foamy.
While that is sitting, sift the flour and stir through the salt. Add the milk mixture. Mix together and then knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this by hand for about 10 minutes or in a stand mixer with a dough hook for 5-7 minutes. When the dough is smooth and elastic, place it in an oiled bowl, brush a little oil over the top and cover with plastic wrap. Sit in a warm spot to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
To make the bolognese sauce;
Place a small saucepan over medium heat, add a little oil, then add the onion and garlic and stir until just starting to turn translucent. Add the meat and saute while breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add the red wine and bring it to a simmer before adding the rest of the sauce ingredients (down to the pepper) and mixing well. Simmer for another 5 minutes and remove from the heat. Cool in the fridge until ready.
To assemble the sliders
Preheat your oven to 200C / 400F / 180C fan forced. Brush a round baking dish with oil.
Give the risen bread dough a very light knead. Cut the dough into 2 halves, over and over until you have 24 small pieces of dough.
On a floured surface, use a flat bottom dish (also floured) to flatten each piece of dough then, use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull on the edges (notes) all the way round until the circle is about 3 inches wide.
Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of bolognese into the centre of a dough disk. Top with a square of cheese. Fold in two sides of the dough to meet in the middle. Fold the first open end into the middle in 3 folds the repeat on the other open end. Where all the dough foods meet in the middle press them together with your fingers. Flip the ball over and place in your prepared dish. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Let them sit for 10 minutes before baking for around 25 minutes until golden on top.
For the topping
Melt the butter in the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and salt and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the parsley, stir around then turn off the heat. Brush the topping ng mixture over the freshly baked sliders and serve.
I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (4 teaspoons worldwide).
You can swap the oregano and thyme for 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs.
You can substitute Gouda cheese with any good melting cheese with good flavour. Other options would be Gruyere, Havarti or Fontina.
The reason for pulling in the edges of the circles of dough is so that when you fold them up, the bottom of the bread roll is not super thick while the top is thin.
For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).