An American culinary creation is about to take centre stage at parties and barbecues across the UK, according to Tesco.
Sliders – a US term that primarily refers to bite size hamburgers – are already popular as snacks in restaurants and bars over here. But this week the supermarket chain says it will move the trend on to the next level, by launching the UK’s first home slider kit.
Tesco burger buying manager Sophie Yost said: “Sliders are one of the hottest snacking trends in restaurants, gastro pubs and bars right now.
“But we think customers would love the chance to try them at home, both at BBQs and as luxury snacks or meals for youngsters bringing the restaurant experience into homes for the first time. Not only are they perfect as party food but we think they will be really popular at barbecues this summer.”
“We’re always looking to help customers and these slider kits are really easy to assemble at home. If this trial is a success then we will look at including different meats and flavourings in the range.”
The grocery multiple is currently offering British pulled pork marinated in a blend of herbs and spices and a maple chilli sauce, three mini steak burgers made with prime cuts of British beef and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, three cuts of oak-smoked Cheddar cheese and six luxury mini brioche rolls.
Tesco’s Ultimate Slider Kit, which serves two to three people and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, costs £5.
The growing popularity of sliders has inspired an annual London foodie contest, the ‘Slider Decider’ in London’s Docklands, where top chefs compete to make the ultimate slider. Last year saw MasterChef’s 2011 champion, Tim Anderson win with his ‘Wasted Away Again in Umcheesoville’, which involved a chuck and chicken liver patty basted in 1nori-shiitake butter and a three-cheese potato korokke with a Quaver crust.