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Saucy Italian Meatball Sliders

Saucy Italian Meatball Sliders

Want the perfect cocktail party conversation starter? These Meatball Sliders will do all the talking…"Yum, yum, yum…" Smothered in a homemade, hearty tomato sauce and sandwiched between melted mozzarella, parmesan and soft buns, these Meatball Sliders will leave everyone speechless.

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“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”

-Lemony Snicket


Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 (28oz) tin crushed tomatoes
1 (28oz) tin diced tomatoes
¼ tsp dried oregano


3 slices white bread, crust removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
½ cup milk
1¼ cups ground beef
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 large egg
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

20 small dinner rolls/buns
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1) For the tomato sauce, in a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper, cooking 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add tin of crushed tomatoes, tin of diced tomatoes and oregano. Turn heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.

2) For the meatballs, in a medium bowl, combine bread and milk, letting it stand for a few minutes. Add ground beef, garlic, egg, Parmesan, basil, salt and pepper. Mix with hands, just until combined. Roll mixture into about 20 meatballs the size of golf balls. Drop meatballs into prepared sauce and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.

3) To assemble the meatball subs, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange rolls on tray with the cut side up. Place 1 meatball on half of each roll, add a spoonful of sauce on top of the meatball and a tablespoon of mozzarella cheese. On the other half of the bun, put a small spoonful of sauce and 1 tsp of Parmesan cheese. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Bake 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Sandwich together and serve.

Yield: 20 mini meatball subs

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