Pulled Pork Sliders

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Pulled Pork Sliders with homemade brioche buns recipe

These pulled pork sliders make me speechless. Omg, they are soooooo tasty! I made the pulled pork in a heavy pot in the oven and it took the meat less than 3 hours to fall apart when pierced with a fork. But these sliders …I don’t know if I crave them because of the slightly smoky and not overwhelming pulled pork or the combination of all the homemade ingredients including brioche buns, BBQ sauce, and red cabbage slaw.

Pulled Pork Sliders with BBQ sauce and red cabbage slaw recipe

These pulled pork sandwiches are great for gatherings with friends and make the perfect accompaniment to a nice cold beer. By the way, you can make everything ahead of time so you won’t face a stressful preparation before your friends arrive and you will be able to enjoy the time while you have company. It also helps that everybody can assemble his/her own pulled pork sandwich according to personal preference – à la slider bar. Everyone can top their sandwich, with their favorite combination to their liking.

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New cooking classes: Austrian Breads and Austrian Cuisine

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Are you interested in learning how to bake Austrian bread? Your do you want to know how to make cheese spaetzle and apple strudel from scratch?

Do you live in the Boston area? Then come and join my classes about Austrian Breads and Austrian Cuisine at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, MA.

 

Austrian breads
Sunday April 9, 2017, 11am-3pm

Learn how to make sunflowerbread step-by-step recipe

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make a delicious sunflower seed bread, a sourdough bread and how to braid a sweet Rosinenzopf (typical Austrian yeast braid with raisins). You will not need any special equipment and all recipes are easy to follow. You will enjoy a taste of all the breads we make in class. At the end, you will leave with a 2-year old sourdough starter to bake your own bread at home. Register at the CCAE.

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Red Cabbage Slaw

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Recipe Red Cabbage Slaw with Carrots

I am a sucker for a great red cabbage slaw. Be it as a side salad or as a topping for pulled pork sliders (recipe coming soon). I prefer coleslaw with a nice crunchy texture and not overly soggy and wet. But not too crunchy and almost raw. I like that sweet spot in between: a little softened but still crunchy. The recipe below gives exactly this kind. My trick to get it there is to knead the cabbage for a minute – not longer. This helps to get rid of the raw taste but keeps its crunchiness.

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Brioche Slider Buns

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Brioche Slider Buns Burger Recipe

If you are a fan of soft, fluffy, airy, subtle buttery, and only slightly sweet brioche burger buns, you can stop your search right here. I came up with the recipe for these super-briochy slider buns after exhaustive testing.

Usually, when making burgers with beef patties, I use a different kind of bun, which tastes more baguette-like and less briochy. But these brioche buns go so well with pulled pork (recipe here) or a grilled portobello cap burger, that it is almost unbelievable. Toast them before assembling and you will notice that the taste and structure of the buns will improve further.

Brioche Burger Buns Sliders Recipe

Also, do not half the amount of ingredients. I know, 24 sliders sounds a lot but considering their size it’s really not that bad. These brioche buns not only make great burger buns but are also one of the most delicious treats I’ve ever had for breakfast. In my opinion, they taste best when lightly toasted. If they are too thick to fit into your toaster, just cut them twice or use the oven broiler. Spread with unsalted butter and orange marmalade or apricot jam. By the way: They also freeze well.

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Quick Homemade BBQ Sauce (without ketchup)

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Quick BBQ sauce with tomato sauce not sweet recipe

This is the perfect BBQ sauce for Pulled Pork Sliders. I am serious. Perfect! It’s not too sour, not too sweet, and it comes with a hint of smoky flavor. Since I’ve made a batch of this quick and not overly sweet BBQ sauce for my pulled pork sliders (recipe here), I am addicted to this sauce. It goes well with almost everything: It’s the perfect sauce for burgers, for French fries, for sandwiches, and for dipping anything, and I mean really anything – be it oven baked veggies or tater tots.

 Quick BBQ sauce no ketchup recipe

Compared to traditional recipes, I’ve reduced the amount of sugar and ingredients that contain sugar a lot. There is no ketchup in this BBQ sauce, neither will you find molasses or honey. Just a little bit of brown sugar. Another ingredient you won’t find is liquid smoke. Nope, no liquid smoke in this BBQ sauce. Why? Because I simply prefer smoked paprika, which I think is much more versatile in the kitchen.

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Genius Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (egg-free)

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Simple Chocolate Mousse without eggs recipe

This chocolate mousse is simply genius. I’ve kept it a secret for years because it’s so darn easy and so delicious that it’s ridiculous. It only takes 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to make, it’s egg-free, gelatin-free, you don’t need a double boiler or water bath. Anybody can make it. It’s the best I’ve ever had – I even prefer it to real mousse au chocolate with eggs and whipped egg whites. You know, the fancy French stuff.

Easy Chocolate Mousse with Two Ingredients Recipe

This chocolate mousse makes a perfect hostess gift or a great and easy-to-make dessert to bring to a potluck or an evening with friends. It also makes a great dessert for fancier dinners with fancy guest. Not, that we wouldn’t be fancy. But honestly, spooning this extremely creamy, airy and soft chocolate mousse right out of the jar in front of the TV will give you satisfaction too.

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The Most Popular Recipes of 2016

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bestof2016lilvienna

Another year has passed, so let’s focus on 2017! But before we do that I think it’s interesting to see what posts people are reading on our blog and in which recipes they were especially interested in 2016. I hope you do too and maybe you’ll stumble upon a new recipe you want to cook this year.

With that in mind, here are our 5 most popular blog posts of 2016 (of all blog recipes). Thanks for reading and supporting us, Ursula, David & The citizens of Li’l Vienna!

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Austrian Breads – Cooking class (January 21) – SOLD OUT

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Sunflower seed bread recipe

Update 1/7/2016: Unfortunately, this class is sold out. I’ll keep you posted about future classes.

Are you interested in learning how to bake Austrian bread? Do you live in the Boston area? Then come and join my class about Austrian breads at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, MA.

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make a delicious sunflower seed bread, a sourdough bread and how to braid a sweet Rosinenzopf (typical Austrian yeast braid with raisins). You will not need any special equipment and all recipes are easy to follow. You will enjoy a taste of all the breads we make in class. At the end, you will leave with a 2-year old sourdough starter to bake your own bread at home.

There are still 3 spots left. It’s sold out already.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

To register hop over to the CCAE site.

Italian Amaretti Cookies

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Italian Amaretti Cookies

These Italian amaretti cookies have a crunchy crust and a chewy center. I love to eat this Italian classic year round, especially when served with a cup of “Melange”, the most famous Viennese coffee with lots of milk foam on top. I prefer these cookies with a chewy center but feel free to bake them a little longer to get a crunchy cookie all the way. Store them in an airtight container to keep them the way they are for as long as possible.

Amaretti Biscotti Recipe

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Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

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Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter

I made these soft dinner rolls with the addition of browned butter and sage. The sage flavor is very subtle and the browned butter adds a wonderful earthy flavor. The two ingredients make them set them apart from the usual, classic dinner rolls. Why not add a little extra bling-bling for a great Thanksgiving (or other) feast. Besides, who doesn’t like browned butter and sautéed sage? Well, at least I really love this combination. Recently, I am adding those two ingredients in/on almost every meal. So I thought to myself, why not try a recipe for classic Thanksgiving dinner rolls WITH sage and browned butter? And, I am pleased to say that they turned out gorgeous.

Dinner Rolls wit Sage and brown Butter

The recipe is pretty straight forward: There are two proving times involved (each time about 1 hour) and you can divide the work for these dinner rolls between two days – which is great for Thanksgiving. There is enough food prepping anyway on this day.

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Ladder To Heaven – Himmelsleiter

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Ladder to Heaven - All Saints day, Austrian pastry

Today, I am going to share a very special recipe with you. This pastry is called “Himmelsleiter” in German, which translates to “ladder to heaven”. It goes way back, it’s really ancient. This pastry is traditionally baked and eaten around All Saints day on November 1st.

Ladder to Heaven - Pastry for All Saints day called "Himmelsleiter"

So, why is it so special? Well, because it’s kind of a lost treasure. The yeasted pastry with the interesting shape is only known in the very region of Austria where I come from (Upper Austria). And even there, not many people know of its existence. Lucky me, I grew up with a traditional bakery opposite the street from our house, which offered these treats around All Saints day.

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