Italian Meatball Sliders with Red Sauce

The recipe Italian Meatball Sliders with Red Sauce could satisfy your Mediterranean craving in approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. One portion of this dish contains roughly 22g of protein, 25g of fat, and a total of 409 calories. For $2.74 per serving, you get a main course that serves 8. This recipe from Foodnetwork requires onion, tomato paste, fresh basil, and fresh thyme. 2767 people have made this recipe and would make it again. Overall, this recipe earns a pretty good spoonacular score of 64%. If you like this recipe, take a look at these similar recipes: Italian Meatball Sliders, Pasta with Italian Sausage, Meatball, Mushroom and Red Wine Tomato Sauce, and Italian Turkey Meatball in Tomato Sauce.

Servings: 8

Preparation duration: 45 minutes

Cooking duration: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced

1 28-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

8 leaves fresh basil

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

8 ounces ground beef

8 ounces ground pork

8 soft Hawaiian buns

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

Equipment:

skewers

oven

frying pan

mixing bowl

Cooking instruction summary:

Watch how to make this recipe. Special equipment: 8 bamboo skewers Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the tomato sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, thyme, 1 cup water, and some salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm. For the meatballs: Soak the panko in the milk for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and pork, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, some salt and pepper and the soaked panko. Mix well to combine; do not overwork. Form into eight 2-inch balls. Set a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Sear the meatballs on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs from the tomato sauce; add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon some sauce over the meatballs, then top them with slices of mozzarella. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the meatballs are cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. To assemble the sliders, load one meatball onto each bun. Top with a basil leaf and secure the bun top with a bamboo skewer. Serve on a large platter with extra sauce on the side.

 

Step by step:


1. Watch how to make this recipe.

2. Special equipment: 8 bamboo skewers

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.


For the tomato sauce

1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add the tomato paste, cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, thyme, 1 cup water, and some salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm.

5. For the meatballs: Soak the panko in the milk for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and pork, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, some salt and pepper and the soaked panko.

6. Mix well to combine; do not overwork. Form into eight 2-inch balls.

7. Set a large saute pan over medium-high heat.

8. Add the olive oil. Sear the meatballs on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes.

9. Remove the thyme sprigs from the tomato sauce; add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon some sauce over the meatballs, then top them with slices of mozzarella.

10. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the meatballs are cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

11. To assemble the sliders, load one meatball onto each bun. Top with a basil leaf and secure the bun top with a bamboo skewer.

12. Serve on a large platter with extra sauce on the side.


Nutrition Information:

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409k Calories
21g Protein
24g Total Fat
26g Carbs
10% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
409k
20%

Fat
24g
38%

  Saturated Fat
10g
64%

Carbohydrates
26g
9%

  Sugar
9g
11%

Cholesterol
74mg
25%

Sodium
647mg
28%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
21g
43%

Calcium
734mg
73%

Vitamin K
28µg
27%

Vitamin A
1329IU
27%

Vitamin B1
0.33mg
22%

Vitamin B6
0.4mg
20%

Vitamin B3
3mg
20%

Selenium
13µg
20%

Phosphorus
165mg
17%

Vitamin C
12mg
15%

Potassium
537mg
15%

Zinc
2mg
15%

Vitamin B12
0.88µg
15%

Iron
2mg
15%

Vitamin E
2mg
14%

Manganese
0.27mg
13%

Copper
0.24mg
12%

Vitamin B2
0.2mg
12%

Fiber
2g
10%

Magnesium
36mg
9%

Vitamin B5
0.69mg
7%

Folate
23µg
6%

covered percent of daily need
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