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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!