We got our first snow this week! I love the first few snows of the year. I love the look of the snow, playing in the snow, and the excuse to stay inside and drink more than one cup of hot chocolate while admiring the snow from the window. Our son got to eat snow for the first time when we ventured out to take pictures for our family Christmas card. He was a huge fan, to say the least!
We visited our friends, the cows, on our way around the ranch to our “picture spots.” Cody and I always talk about how we would hate to be a calf born into the cold. It seems like coming from the warmth of your momma into the freezing cold world would just be horrible! However, judging by the way the little ones were running around and playing, they’re just like any other kid on a snow day!
When you come inside from the snow, aside from the heat, nothing is better than a comforting meal! My mother-in-law mentioned Hot Brown Sandwiches she had made a few days before. They sounded delicious! Anything with a cheese sauce and bacon is a huge “YES, PLEASE!” I decided I would give my own version a try. I’m all about this “slider” craze! If I can make anything mini to where I don’t feel so guilty about having more than one, I’m there! Also, little food is easier to eat on the run or while chasing my child around the house. Before I could kick the snow off of my boots, these little gooey, cheesy, bacony, chicken sliders were on my mind!
We cooked a whole chicken, which would have been a divine meal on its own, but like I said, I was hooked on the idea of the Hot Brown Chicken Sliders. There’s just no fighting it when I get a craving. So I’ll give you recipes for both!
2 Cups Chicken Broth
Salt, Pepper, and Rosemary
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Remove neck from chicken and reserve to make stock
3. Wash chicken in cold water and pat dry
4. Place Chicken in roasting pan with rack or with foil coils to lift the bird off of the bottom of the pan
5. Season generously with salt and pepper
6. Put a few sprigs of rosemary or your favorite herb into the cavity of the chicken
7. Pour about 2 cups of chicken broth into the bottom of the pan
8. Bake covered at 325 for about two hours
9. Remove cover and continue baking at 300 until the temperature on the meat thermometer reaches 170
10. Remove to a cutting board and allow chicken to rest for 15 minutes before carving
Yum! That’s a good lookin’ chicken. But if you happen to be in a more decadent state of mind like me, or you have plenty of leftovers from your chicken dinner, continue reading!
Hot Brown Chicken Sliders
3 or 4 Cups of shredded Rain Crow Ranch Pasture Raised Chicken meat
1 Package (12 Count) Original Kings Hawaiian Rolls
8-10 Slices Heritage Pasture Raised Pork Bacon
½ Stick Butter
4 Tbsp. Flour
4 Cups Heated Milk
3 Big Slices Swiss Cheese
1-2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Fry bacon in a skillet to your liking (Cody is a floppy bacon person and I like mine crispy!)
3. Heat milk in a sauce pan until hot but not boiling
4. In another saucepan, melt butter completely. Add flour, stirring continuously and cook for about 4 minutes until the mixture is a very light brown color
5. Slowly add milk to butter and flour mixture one cup at a time stirring continuously so that the sauce is smooth.
6. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens over low heat
7. Add 1-2 cups of cheddar cheese to the sauce, stirring until it is fully incorporated
8. Slice the rolls in half, leaving them in one big sheet, with a bread knife
9. Spread a little of the cheese sauce onto the bottom half of the rolls
10. Add chicken on top of the cheese sauce
11. Add Swiss cheese
12. Add Bacon slices
13. Add more cheese sauce to the top of the bacon
14. Place tops on sandwich
15. Cover sandwiches with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes
16. Remove foil and continue to bake for 5-7 minutes
17. Remove to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting along the perforations to separate the sandwiches
Decadent, gooey goodness is served! And this lady’s snow day is a million times more delicious!