Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Jon and I had a busy weekend full of neighborhood barbecues and baseball games. On Sunday, we were craving a home-cooked meal. I had seen a stuffed meatball slider recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot. We even amped it up a bit further with some tasty pretzel slider buns. These are surprisingly easy to make and SO delicious.

 

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Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 6 oz mozzarella (save some extra to top on the meatballs before putting them in the oven)
  • 20 ounces tomato puree
  • 3 oz white cheddar, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 6 pretzel slider buns
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the ground beef, egg, garlic, panko, oregano, red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, pepper and most of the mozzarella. Save about 2 ounces of mozzarella for the topping.
  3. Form meat into 6 meatballs. Flatten each, insert a 1/2 inch cube of white cheddar into each and re-roll each into a meatball shape.
  4. Arrange meatballs in a 9×13 baking dish and pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let the meatballs cool for at least 5 minutes. The cheese inside will be extremely hot.
  7. Place meatballs between the pretzel buns and top each with a basil leaf.
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