Sliders are fun finger foods you can serve for casual dinners or at get-togethers and parties. What’s fun about sliders, is that you can fill them with any meat or vegetable combination. I love meatballs and serving an Italian style meatball on a slider bun is the perfect food. I used my slow cooker to prepare the meatballs, which makes the recipe pretty easy and the meatballs turn out tender and fall apart delicious.
Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Sliders makes great game food, so serve a batch while watching your favorite sport on television — your friends will love you for it. This recipe makes about 20 sliders, so if by chance you don’t devour all the meatballs, you can freeze some for later.
1 Italian roll or 4 slices white bread, torn into small pieces
1/2 cup milk
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 small white onion, diced
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups marinara sauce
2 balls fresh mozzarella, about 6 ounces
20 slider buns
fresh basil, optional
(Makes 20 Sliders)
1. In a small bowl, add the torn up roll or bread pieces. Then, add the milk to the bread and let rest, while you prepare the meatball mixture. In a large bowl, add the beef, pork, onion, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper and egg.
2. Then, add the milk soaked bread to the meat mixture and toss gently with your hands until combined.
3. Place the slow cooker insert or a large pot on the stove, over medium-high heat and drizzle in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Form the meat mixture into golf ball size meatballs and in batches, cook in the oil, to brown all sides. Remove meatballs when brown and repeat this step, until all the meatballs are dark golden brown. Place all the meatballs back into the pot.
4. Pour the marinara over the meatballs and cook on low for 5 hours. If cooking on the stove top, turn the heat to simmer and cook for 2 1/2 hours. Gently stir the meatballs once during the cooking time.
5. 30 minutes prior to the meatballs being done, slice the fresh mozzarella cheese. Place the slices over the meatballs and place the lid back on top.
6. Remove the lid and take the meatballs off the heat.
7. Separate the slider buns and place a meatball on top of each half bun. Top the meatball with a piece of fresh basil and the other half bun. Serve the meatballs on a platter or tray. Enjoy!