Zin-sational Summer Sliders BeefEntrée This recipe was created by Pennie Haase, AVV’s National Marketing Director and Northeast Regional Sales Manager. -Serves 4- AVV Olive Oil ½ cup yellow onion diced ¼ cup roasted red pepper diced 1 clove garlic finely diced 1 cup AVV Redemption Zinfandel ¾ teaspoon dried Italian Spice Blend ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 pound ground beef ¼ pound hot Italian sausage (remove casing if link) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil Kosher salt Pepper 2 small tomatoes – sliced in 3/8” slices (don’t use perfectly ripe tomatoes) Sliced or shredded provolone cheese Slider buns Heat 2 tablespoons AVV Olive Oil and sauté diced onion, diced roasted red pepper, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper until soft. Stir in garlic & heat until fragrant, add red wine, simmer and reduce by 3/4. Add dried herbs & crushed red pepper to zin reduction, stir and remove from heat. When zin reduction is cool, mix with beef, sausage, parsley & basil. Mix will be loose and wet. Form into 8 slider patties, drizzle with AVV Olive Oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and grill. Flip sliders, top with provolone cheese and grill until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sliders rest. Dip tomato slices into olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place onto hot grill to char both sides. Toast buns on grill. Enjoy slider topped with charred tomato slice and glass of 2009 Redemption Zin.