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Pull-Apart Meatball Sub Slider Sandwiches

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Bake Time:

30 minutes

Total Time:

1 hour


12 servings




For the meatballs:

  • 1½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion

  • ¼ cup plain or seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 large egg

For the assembly:

  • 1 24-ounce jar pasta sauce

  • 12-count Hawaiian Sweet rolls

  • 2-3 tablespoons salted butter, melted

  • 6 slices deli mozzarella cheese

Tools Needed

Food scale

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  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Make meatballs: In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion, bread crumbs, and egg. Mix well by hand.

  3. Use a food scale to measure 2 ounces of ground meat mixture. Roll into a ball and place onto prepared baking tray. Repeat with remaining ground meat, should have 12 meatballs in total.

  4. Bake meatballs in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on the baking tray. Leave oven on.

  5. Assemble sliders: Place meatballs into a medium bowl. Pour sauce into bowl and mix well to completely cover meatballs.

  6. Re-line baking tray with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray. Separate the roll tops from the bottoms and put both on the tray, cut-side up.

  7. Use a basting brush to brush the tops (cut-side) with melted butter.

  8. Cut the mozzarella slices into quarters. Put one quarter on the bottom half of the roll.

  9. Scoop one meatball over the cheese slice. Cover with a little more sauce, if desired, then top with a second quarter of cheese. Repeat with remaining cheese and meatballs.

  10. Bake in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and rolls are browned.

  11. Remove from oven and top meatball with toasted roll top. Enjoy!

Recipe Tags

Appetizer, Side Dish, Super Bowl, Italian

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