Friday, January 16, 2015

Chef Beau Mac's Ham & Jam Sliders

By: The Food Hunter

As Super Bowl XLIX  gets closer, die-hard football fans everywhere are in search of the best game day recipes. Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of Arizona’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, shared with me one of his favorite recipes, Ham and Jam Sliders.

A step up from what is usually served on Super Bowl Sunday, these bit size fresh ham sliders are served on homemade cheddar biscuits and topped with a tangy red pepper jam.

Ham & Jam Sliders

Cheddar Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 tsp. salt
1 cup + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped green onion, including tender green tops

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and kosher salt until well mixed.
Mix in butter until pea sized. Add cheddar cheese and green onion and stir and toss lightly to combine.
Stir in 1 cup buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball.
With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a rough ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Space the balls about 1-inch apart. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Red Pepper Jelly
3 large red peppers, seeded and sliced
3/4 cups cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 package Certo liquid pectin

Place peppers in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, but not pureed.
Place chopped peppers in a large bowl with cider vinegar, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.
Put mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add Certo and continue to cook at a slow rolling boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can "drag" a spoon around edges of pan or until it passes the jelly test coating the back of the spoon or dripping from spoon very slowly.

Bone in Ham
1 large Bone-in Ham

Heat oven to 275˚F. Place ham in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Heat for approximately for 12-15 min. per pound. When center of ham reaches 125˚F allow the ham to rest for 15-30 min. Keep covered with foil while resting.

Slice biscuits in half and rub with a generous portion of red pepper jelly. Slice ham thinly and place in between biscuit halves. Enjoy!


  1. Both that pepper jelly and those gorgeous biscuits have me salivating! What fantastic sliders for Super Bowl Sunday.

  2. Love the salty-sweet-spicy flavor combo you (and Chef Mac) have going on in this sandwich!

  3. OH dear me. This is something I would luxuriate over eating, while getting it all over my face. Love it.

  4. I love these....I have just the gluten free buns to use to make this!

  5. I pinned these to several different boards yesterday, and still haven't stopped thinking about how amazing they look! I NEED to make a batch of these biscuits and the I can have the sliders. yummmm.

  6. Now if we had those I'd probably be a lot more into Super Bowl Sunday!

  7. Your cheddar biscuits look amazing! Pinning so make these later! Yum, and SU too!

  8. Good God I'm drooling for these sliders and it's only 10 am here in Rome!
    Bookmarking this recipe <3

  9. Whoa these slides look awesome. It's the perfect combo of sweet and savory.

  10. I am SO all over this! Oh-my-lawd!!

  11. These sliders shall be mine...oh yes, they shall be mine. Theresa, these are on my list! YUM