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Meatball Sliders

Try this downsized version of the traditional meatball sub–great for a fun dinner or an appetizer party.

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20 min
Prep Time
45 min
Total Time



1 pound lean ground beef

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 teaspoon fennel seed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


2 cups marinara pasta sauce

12 dinner rolls, split in half

12 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Italian Blend, cut into quarters

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 450°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all meatball ingredients in bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 equal balls.

  3. STEP 3

    Place meatballs onto greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 13-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F and meat is no longer pink in center.

  4. STEP 4

    Pour marinara sauce into 2-quart saucepan; cook over medium-low heat 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Add cooked meatballs; continue cooking 5-10 minutes to blend flavors.

  5. STEP 5

    Place rolls, cut-sides up, onto baking pan. Place 2 cheese quarters onto each half of roll. Bake 3-4 minutes or until bread edges are slightly browned and cheese has softened.

  6. STEP 6

    Place 1 meatball onto each bottom half of roll; top with 1 tablespoon sauce and top half of roll. Place toothpick through top to secure.

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Tip #1

To enhance flavor of meatballs and sauce, continue cooking over low heat 30 minutes.

Tip #2

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Nutrition (1 slider)

270 Calories
13 Fat (g)
55 Cholesterol (mg)
760 Sodium (mg)
21 Carbohydrates (g)
2 Dietary Fiber
17 Protein (g)
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