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Italian Meatball Sliders Recipe

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:08
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Italian Meatball Sliders
These Italian meatball sliders consist of Italian style meatballs tossed in marina sauce and placed onto a slider bun with mozzarella cheese. These sliders make a great dinner or appetizer and are a good choice to serve for game day. The meatballs use common ingredients such as garlic and egg and get a lot of flavor from fresh basil. The meatballs are first fried in the pan and then finished cooking in the marinara sauce. Once the sliders are prepared they are brushed with a garlic butter and basil sauce and then baked in the oven until the cheese has melted. Enjoy.

Italian Meatball Sliders

Italian Meatball Sliders

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 package dinner rolls (12 rolls)
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese

Garlic butter-

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Halve the dinner rolls and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan and 2 tablespoons chopped basil. Mix the ingredients until well combined. Shape the mixture into 12 golf ball sized meatballs. Set aside on a plate.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, then flip (the meatballs do not need to be fully cooked at this point). Remove the meatballs to a plate lined with paper towels. Drain any excess grease from the pan.
  4. Pour the marinara sauce into the pan and place the meatballs into the sauce. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping the meatballs occasionally until the sauce has reduced to a thick consistency. Remove from heat.
  5. Place one meatball inside each halved dinner roll. Top with sliced mozzarella and cover with the top roll. Place onto a large baking sheet.
  6. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, garlic, basil and parmesan. Mix well. Pour the garlic butter over the top of the sliders. Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese has melted. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve. 

Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

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