Food Fashion and Flow: Zesty Turkey Meatball Sliders   

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Zesty Turkey Meatball Sliders

There is something comforting about a warm, zesty, saucy, cheesy meatball sandwich.  Do not go lightly into this good sandwich because there is no way to eat this and be cute. Eat this BOLDLY!  Expect sauce to drip onto your fingers and you might even get some on your face to match:-) But of course, the mozzarella oozing down the sides will make you want to shove the whole thing in your mouth.  If you are in public, don't do that.

These tiny sandwiches pack a flavorful punch.  Sliders are so perfect for having a small taste of something filling and delicious with half the guilt. And of course if you serve these at your next gathering, I guarantee they will disappear with a quickness. I use a combination of ground turkey and turkey Italian sausage for a healthy twist, but this works beautifully with ground beef too. I think you need these sliders in your life.

I'm Serious. They are that good


    Miniature french rolls or Hawaiian Rolls 
    Marinara Sauce
    Mozzarella Cheese


1 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound turkey Italian sausage

1/4 cup Panko crumbs

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup oil for frying the meatballs (I use canola)

Mozzarella Cheese for topping meatballs

Combine the ground turkey, Italian sausage, panko, eggs, garlic, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper.  Roll the mixture into 2-inch balls. Place them on a baking sheet or platter, and set aside.

 Heat half the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add half the meatballs, and brown them on all sides.  Put Meatballs aside and prepare sauce

Marinara Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

1 28 oz can tomato puree

1 28 oz can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon oregano

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons water

Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add the onion to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic and sauté for approximately 1 minute.  Add the tomato puree and tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, salt and sugar.  Add water if you need to thin out the sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer.  Let sauce simmer for two hours.

After sauce has simmered for two hours, add meatballs to sauce and simmer for 30 minutes.  

Time Saving Tip

You can also use your favorite prepackaged marinara sauce to save time.  For ready made sauce,  heat the sauce until it boils and then reduce heat to a  simmer and add meatballs and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

To assemble the sliders

Split rolls horizontally. Place rolls on baking sheet with the inside of the rolls facing up. Broil for a minute or two.  Take spoon and press lightly into the bottom roll and then spoon meatball and sauce onto bottom roll and top with a slice of mozzarella. Put back in oven and broil just until cheese is melted. Place the tops of the rolls on each slider.



All Things Yummy said...

Mmm...looks so good and perfect to satisfy my salty craving.

LV said...

@All Things Yummy

They are definitely perfect for those types of cravings, especially paired with some good chips or a robust pasta salad.

Sarah said...

Yum! I will definitely have to try this out some time. As you said though, there is no way of eating this ladylike! It will probably go everywhere. xx

LV said...
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LV said...


Nope Doll, there is no dignified way to eat this, but that's the fun part:-)

Kat said...

You DO cook like a chef! I hadn't considered using some sausage meat in meatballs, but why not?! My teenage cousin adds it to his spaghetti sauce but he can better afford the calories!

Frugal, Flirty N Fab! said...

Looks delicious, Definitely gotta try this one!!

Carrie said...

This looks soo tasty!

Emmy said...

WOW! They look soooo good! Love that tip of "Eat this boldly":P


Celebrity Owned said...

Um yes please. Making this ASAP!!

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M.E said...

YUM how delicious!!!

la vie quotidienne said...

OMG! you are a bad girl, you can show this delicious recipe now! I'm so hungry!!!

xoxo from München
La Vie Quotidienne

Can't Afford Chanel said...

Looks yummy!

Elle Sees said...

this looks DIVINE!!

Sing said...

Oh yea. Love some turkey products.

Bodil Huisman said...

Looks & sounds delicious!!
nice recipe :)


High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Oh gosh! This looks delicious!

Kat said...

Mmm! Looks delicious!!

p.s. thanks for the visit!

Danie said...

This looks so good! :)I'm definitely going to try this soon!

J n Nty said...

yummy,will defiantly try this at home

LoveT. said...

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Lovely Greetings from Austria ♡

GLAMd0lll said...

That looks great! I'm going to bookmark & try it soon.

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Nikki said...

Now this looks delicious, I adore anything with marinara sauce so this is perfect:) YUM!!
Have a lovely weekend:) Xx

Anonymous said...

Looks so delicious!

Mariana said...

Looks yummy!
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Kultur und Stil said...

oh that looks delicous - thanks for sharing this recipe! and thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

xxx Anita

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

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Anonymous said...

mmm that looks delicious!! Hugs from California! xx,
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Ramona said...

looks goood ! :)


Phuong said...

looks delicious

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Leonor said...

looks super yummy!! :)


Fashion Pad said...

*le sigh* this looks great but I've vowed to get bikini ready so I'll have to archive this recipe, lol.

Sincerely Mally said...

Looks yummy!

Chanel said...

This looks so yummy!!

Shasie said...

um yum!
Shasie of Live Life in Style

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