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Make your own poppy seed buns to top off the perfect meaty slider. (Photo: Kate Glicksberg.)

We quickly realized at the Food Republic Test Kitchen afterparty that we were going to run out of these mini roast beef sliders. Unabashed consumption is the sincerest form of flattery.  

Since finding poppy seed slider buns proved to be a difficult task even for the most stalwart intern, we decided to bake our own (read: pop open the dinner roll canister and lay each pre-formed puck of dough on a cookie sheet). Remove the rolls from the oven about five minutes before they’re ready, brush with a mixture of one egg beaten with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Return them to the oven until golden brown and shiny on top.  

Best of all, we managed to make dude food cute. Look at it. Look at that little sandwich with its teeny cheese slices. You’re gonna grow up to be a big strong hoagie, yes you are!