Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Meatball Sliders with Six-Cheese Marinara


Nothing beats a good slider.  And one with meatballs, cheese and pepperoncini peppers?  Absolute heaven. You can use store-bought marinara sauce, but you really really REALLY must try making your own. It's easy with just a little chopping, and you get several meals out of the sauce.  Just once in your life, try making homemade marinara.  You'll be hooked!

MEATBALL SLIDERS WITH SIX-CHEESE MARINARA
FOR THE MEATBALLS:
1 lb Italian sausage, removed from the casings
1/2 lb ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 C breadcrumbs
Olive oil

FOR THE SANDWICH:
2-3 C Basic Marinara
1/2 C shredded Six-Cheese blend
1 recipe Soft Savory Butter Rolls (or slider buns)
Sliced smoked Provolone cheese, cut to the size of the meatballs
Pepperoncini peppers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all of the meatball ingredients together except the olive oil and form into small meatballs, about 20-24. Place them in a glass casserole pan.  Drizzle them with olive oil.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until done.

Meanwhile, put the Marinara Sauce into a saucepot and heat through. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the cheese until smooth.

When the meatballs come out of the oven, place the Provolone cheese over each meatball.  Cover the pan with foil and let the cheese melt.

To serve, place one meatball between a split slider bun.  Spoon on some Marinara sauce and add some pepperoncini peppers.

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