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This is a super easy dinner! Also perfect for football season. It may be a little messy for tailgating, but that’s half the fun! You could make the meatballs ahead of time if you have a busy week, then assemble the casserole as you are waiting for the oven to heat up. I actually really liked the flavor of the meat. We added a few extra sprinkles of red pepper flakes, but it would be fine without it. Even my son gobbled these up! Next time I’ll add in some finely shredded carrot and extra veggies so he won’t know.

Garlic Bread Meatball Sliders

(Adapted from BuzzFeed)


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1 lb ground beef

1 egg

½ Tbsp. kosher salt

½ Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

¼ cup grated parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped basil

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 cup marinara sauce

1 package dinner rolls, sheet of 12 rolls left intact (not pulled apart)

6 slices mozzarella cheese

4 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter

2 Tbsp. chopped garlic

2 Tbsp. chopped basil

2 Tbsp. grated parmesan


Preheat the oven to 350° F.


In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan, and chopped basil until thoroughly mixed.


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Take a golf ball-sized amount of the beef mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the beef mixture, setting the meatballs aside on a plate.


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Heat oil in a pan over high heat. Sear meatballs on one side for about one to two minutes, then flip.


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Cook for another one to two minutes, then remove the meatballs from the pan and drain any excess fat.


Pour the marinara sauce into the pan and place the meatballs in the sauce.


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Cook for about eight to 10 minutes, flipping the meatballs in the sauce, until the sauce has reduced to a thick consistency. Remove from heat.


Cut the 4×3 sheet of dinner rolls in half lengthwise. Arrange the bottom half into a 9×13 baking pan. Place the meatballs evenly in a 4×3 grid, putting one on each roll.


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Layer the mozzarella evenly on top.


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Cover with the top half of the dinner rolls.


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In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic, basil, and parmesan, stirring until evenly mixed.

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Pour the garlic butter mixture over the top of the sliders.

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Bake for 20 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut into individual sandwiches, and serve!

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