Although my kids are getting into their teens now, they still get a kick out of food designed to amuse.

These Spider Sliders, modified from the original Taste of Home recipe are a way of making healthy food fun. 

Spider Slider Sandwich Recipe
Who says healthy food can't be fun?! These Spider Sliders, modified from the original Taste of Home recipe are great food for kids of all ages.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 12 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 1 pan (12) Ezekiel Dinner Rolls, split
  • 24 pimiento-stuffed olive slices


  • Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle position. Preheat oven to 400┬░. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/4-in. julienne strips. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix salt, cumin, thyme, cinnamon and pepper in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag. Add sweet potatoes to bag and drizzle with oil; Seal bag and toss to coat.
  • Bake on bottom oven rack 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and tender, turning once. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine beef, onion and seasoned salt, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Press onto bottom of a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Bake on top oven rack 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160┬░.
  • Drain fat from baking dish; place cheese slices evenly over meat. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Cut into 12 patties. Place one patty on each roll bottom; arrange eight fries to form spider legs. Replace tops. Press two olive slices onto cheese to form eyes.

Original recipe published as Spider Sliders in Halloween Bookazine 2015