Meatball Sliders

Meatballs of all sorts have become one of my go to entertaining dishes, so for my sisters bridal shower I decided to do meatball sliders.  I used my same turkey and chicken meatball and tomato basil sauce recipe that I used in my older post Meatballs!! but instead of serving them with pasta I turned them into mini sandwiches.

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Following the directions from the Meatballs!! post after both the sauce and the meatballs are ready combine them and cover the meatballs in the sauce.  If you are making this ahead of time now let them cool a bit then store in the refrigerator until an hour before you are ready to serve them then reheat over low until hot all the way through.  You can also reheat them in a slow cooker over low just add a little water and change to the keep warm setting, this is how I prefer to do it.  As the meatballs are reheating slice fresh mozzarella cheese. Preheat oven to 400. To create the sliders cut the meatballs in half and spread out on a sheet tray covered in tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Put the mozzarella on the meatballs and into the oven until the cheese is melty 5-10 mins. I couldn’t find slider sized french rolls but that is what I would recommend using or you can do what I did and cut up regular sandwich french rolls into thirds, place the meatballs and cheese on the rolls and garnish with a fresh basil leaf. Enjoy!

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Meatballs!!

So I know the blog says it is not only about food but also about dating and job searching but after few failed attempts at online dating I am back to the drawing board with that one and I am just getting started with a new refocused job search as my consulting job is coming to an end. So in the mean time more food! Well it was a cold and windy day and I was in the mood for comfort food, but do not want to indulge too much on a weekday so I made my classic but healthier version of spaghetti and meatballs. I also made a homemade tomato sauce, recipe included, to go with it but there are a lot of good jarred options if you are pressed for time.

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Turkey & Chicken Sausage Meatballs

2 handfuls of baby spinach chopped

1 egg

1 egg white

1 Tbs. olive oil

½ cup panko bread crumbs

½ cup non-fat milk

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 Tbs. dried oregano

1 Tbs. fresh chopped basil and/or parsley

3 cloves finely diced garlic

1 shallot finely diced

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 package 99% fat free ground turkey breast (usually a little more than 1 lb.)

1 package Sweet Italian Chicken or Turkey Sausage, removed from the casings

 

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 450. Mix first 11 ingredients, up to S&P, until well combined then add the meats. Mix well with your hands until it is incorporated but not over mixed because that will toughen your meatballs. Use a teaspoon to help keep the meatballs all the same size about 1 inch around. Place on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper lightly greased with cooking spray and cook for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Add to sauce and serve with sauce and spaghetti and fresh grated parmesan cheese.

 

Tomato Basil Sauce

 

3 cloves of garlic finely diced

1 onion diced

1 Tbs. dried oregano

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms

5 roma tomatoes diced

1 can San Marzano tomatoes

1 can tomato paste  

2 cups baby spinach (optional)

¼ cup of red wine

¼ cup fresh basil

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup skim milk

 

Directions


Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat add onion, garlic, and oregano until they soften, then add mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes  then deglaze with red wine. Add fresh tomatoes cook until they start to break down then add both canned tomatoes. Cook for at least 15-20 minutes. Add spinach if using cook until soft. Finish with milk, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Salt and pepper to taste.