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Italian Meatball Sliders

These cheesy Italian meatball sliders are sauteed then simmered in marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese to make great appetizers for parties or a fun dinner recipe!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword meatball sliders
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 sliders
Calories 400kcal
Author justalittlebitofbacon

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef, or a mix of ground beef and ground pork
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Buns and Topping

  • 8 slider buns
  • olive oil, to brush the buns
  • kosher salt, for the buns
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 tbsp fresh sliced basil leaves

Instructions

Mix the Meatballs

  • Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, ricotta, parmesan, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide the meatball mixture into 8 parts and form each into a meatball. Set the meatballs aside in the refrigerator to rest.

Toast the Buns

  • Turn on the broiler and set the oven rack to the middle.
  • Lay out the slider buns on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Toast the buns under the broiler until they are golden brown. Set aside.

Brown and Braise the Meatballs

  • Set the oven to 400F.
  • Pour the marinara into an oven safe skillet and bring it to a simmer.
  • Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the marinara and braise in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the meatballs over and continue braising until they are cooked through and reach 165F in the middle, about another 10 minutes.
  • Switch the oven back to broil and top each meatball with a slice of mozzarella. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted and soft.

Finish the Sliders

  • Place each meatball on a slider bun, add some basil and marinara and then put the top bun on.
  • Serve the sliders with the remaining marinara on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal