Melinda’s Garlic Parmesan Meatball Sliders

Melinda’s Garlic Parmesan Meatball Sliders

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Prep Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6
Created by: Chef Fig


For the meatballs

  • cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium white onion diced
  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 8 oz ground pork
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley minced
  • 1 tsp garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black bepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp Melinda’s Garlic Pepper sauce

For the sliders

  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup Melinda's pizza sauce
  • 1 package slider buns or small sandwich buns 12 pack (Kings Hawaiian preferred)
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • fresh mozzarella medallions

For the Garlic Butter


Directions for Meatballs ( May also use pre-made meatballs and cook or heat according to package)

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet or square pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Using a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs and milk; let soak for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a medium frying pan and place over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced onions and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until onions begin to soften. (Note: Leave the skillet out as it will be used again once the meatballs are cooked.)
  • Transfer onions and soaked bread crumbs into a large bowl. Add all of the remaining meatball ingredients (beef, pork, egg, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper and Parmesan cheese). Mix until just combined. 
  • Shape mixture into (12) golf ball-sized meatballs and place 1” apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in the center.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Transfer cooked meatballs back into the skillet. Add tomato sauce and Melinda’s pizza sauce, stir until well combined. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened noticeably. Remove skillet from heat.

For the Sliders

  • Cut the dinner rolls in half through the middle. Place the bottom half of the rolls onto a baking sheet or square pan.
  • Lay the provolone cheese pieces onto the bottom of the rolls.
  • Place the meatballs onto the dinner rolls, putting one meatball on each roll. Spoon extra sauce on top of each meatball. Lay fresh mozzarella medallions on top of meatballs. Cover with the top half of the dinner rolls.
  • Using a small bowl, make the garlic butter by whisking together the melted butter, Parmesan cheese, Melinda’s Garlic Parmesan sauce, garlic, Italian seasonings and kosher salt; brush this mixture evenly on bun tops.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown and cheese has melted. (Note: If necessary, place a piece of foil on top of rolls if they are browning too quickly.)
  • Cut into individual sliders and serve hot.