Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders

Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders
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Football food doesn’t get much better than this!  Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food!  Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

We are most definitely a football household.  When it’s football season (September through January) there is always a game on pretty much the entire weekend.  So when the season comes to a close, the Super Bowl is like a holiday for us!  We often have friends over and there is never a shortage of food, drinks and snacks!  These easy and super-yummy Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders will definitely be on our table this Super Bowl Sunday!

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

Because I’m all about making things as simple as possible, I specify ingredients that are pre-made, like frozen meatballs and packaged sweet rolls that you can pick up at the grocery store.  Yes, if you have a meatball recipe that you love, feel free to use it.  However, for this specific recipe I like to use the frozen Italian meatballs making these sliders come together quickly and easily.  Along with the frozen meatballs, I also use a large package of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, a jar of marinara sauce, shredded cheeses and a few other simple ingredients making these sliders come together in a snap!

You’ll start by heating the frozen meatballs in a skillet with a jar of marinara sauce.  Once the meatballs are heated all the way through, you’ll place them on the bottom portion of the rolls.  Helpful tip: many people make their sliders in a baking dish, however, I like to use a baking sheet instead.  It makes cutting and serving the sandwiches much easier.  From here, I top the meatballs with the shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and then top with the upper portions of the rolls.  Slicing tip: if you can, use a long serrated knife to cut through the entire package of rolls, leaving the top half of the rolls in one large piece.  Once you top with the cheeses, you’ll then place the top half of the rolls over the cheese covered meatballs.

From here, brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter, garlic and herb mixture, and then give it a final topping of grated Parmesan cheese.  Then, your sliders are ready to go into the oven.  I baked my sliders for 12 minutes, which was actually a little too long (as you can see from the slight over-browning of the tops of the rolls).  I would recommend baking just 8-10 minutes.  Because the meatballs are already cooked, the oven just needs to melt the cheeses.

Tip: If you’re serving your sliders for a party and want to keep them warm.  Reduce the heat in your oven (to approximately 225 degrees), cover the sliders with foil, and bring out when you are ready to serve.

 

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

Once your sliders come out of the oven they’ll be ready to serve right away.  I would recommend using your serrated knife to cut through all of the sliders, and placing a toothpick in the center of each roll & meatball.  This will help keep the sandwiches together and in individual portions, and much easier to grab and serve for your guests.

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

Be sure to reserve the marinara sauce that you cook your meatballs in to enjoy as a dipping sauce.  Serve it in a dish right next to the sliders for easy dipping!

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

I have to say that as soon as I took these sliders out of the oven, my boys DEVOURED them!  They smell pretty darn amazing when heating in the oven, and they were stiffing around the kitchen right away to see if they could get their hands on these mini sandwiches.  Needless to say that of the 24 that I made, I had just a few left by the end of the evening.  I can definitely attest that they are darn tasty!  I will definitely be making them again for our Super Bowl party in a few weeks, and may even make a double batch!

Here’s the easy, delicious recipe for my Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders:

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Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (24 count pkg.) Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 1 pkg. (about 24) Italian meatballs, frozen
  • 1 (24 oz. jar), Marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp. Italian herbs
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet (with edges) with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Simmer the frozen meatballs with about a 1/2 cup of water. Cover and stir the meatballs occasionally until no longer frozen, and are warmed all the way through (about 7-10 minutes.) Add the jar of marinara sauce, reduce heat to medium and bring the sauce a meatballs to a simmer. Once simmering, remove from heat.
  3. On the lined baking sheet, place the entire package of rolls still all in one large piece/loaf. Using a serrated knife, slice the entire loaf of rolls horizontally, half way up the sides of the rolls. Remove the top half section of the rolls.
  4. Reserving the heated marinara sauce, place a cooked meatball on each individual roll section (24 meatballs.) Cover the meatballs with the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Top the cheese covered meatballs with the top section of the rolls.
  5. In a small dish or cup, combine the melted butter, garlic and Italian herbs. Brush the tops of the rolls with the butter mixture. Then, sprinkle the tops of the rolls with the grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or just until the cheese are melted. Watch the bread so it doesn't over-brown.
  7. Remove from oven and serve right away. Serve with reserved marinara sauce for dipping.
Cuisine: Italian-American | Recipe Type: Appetizer or Main Dish
6.8
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I hope this recipe inspires you to host a football, basketball (March madness, anyone?!) or any other viewing party for your friends and family.  These sliders will definitely be an instant hit!

Enjoy! ~Erin

Football food doesn't get much better than this! Like a mini version of a meatball sub, these amazing Parmesan & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders are the perfect party food! Super-simple to make, this easy slider recipe is great for serving at your next watch party and also makes for a great pot-luck dish.

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Comments

  1. I love the way you made them in the baking pan as a batch – and they look amazingly good! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  2. This is a really good man pleasing recipe idea for the big game. So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday.

  3. Wow, these look amazing.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,
    Bev

  4. This is one handful of deliciousness! It would be a hit at any gathering!

  5. I just pinned your Parmesan Mozzarella Meatball Sliders these are awesome! Hope you are enjoying your day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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