These Meatball Parmigiana Sliders are absolutely scrumptious! I really love this recipe, the Marinara Sauce is spot on and the meatballs are divine, I can't recommend this recipe enough and I will certainly make these again.
I couldn't find any mini brioche rolls but luckily found some adorable mini bread rolls at my local Waitrose so used those instead.
Meatball Parmigiana Sliders
Makes 2 dozen
For the Meatballs
2 slices sandwich bread, torn into 1 inch pieces
½ cup whole milk
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces veal
½ cup finely grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1Garlic clove, minced
1 large egg
Salt and Pepper
Marinara Sauce (Recipe below)
For the sandwiches
2 dozen Brioche or dinner Rolls
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
½ cup grated Parmesan
Makes 6 cups
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cans (28 ounces each) peeled whole tomatoes,
pureed in a food processor.
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh basil, torn
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over a medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, red-pepper flakes, 1 tsp of salt and some pepper. Simmer, covered, until thick, 25 minutes. Stir in herbs.
For the sliders:
Soak bread in milk for 5 minutes. Gently add in the rest of the meatball ingredients: beef, pork, veal, Parmesan, garlic, egg, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll mixture into twenty-four 1 ounce balls (about the size of a golf ball). Heat sauce in a large heavy pot over a medium heat. Drop meatballs into the sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook partially covered, until meatballs are cooked through, about 20 - 25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F. Arrange the rolls, cut side up on a baking sheet. Place 1 meatball, a spoonful of sauce, 1 tbs mozzarella and 1 tsp Parmesan on bottom halves of each roll. Bake until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Sandwich with basil.