These cheesy Meatball Sliders are an easy game day appetizer recipe that the whole family will love!
With the Big Game coming up, this week is all about what to feed your friends and family on game day. We always have a ton of people over for a party on game day, there is nothing better than cheering on your team with good friends, and of course food! Since we have so many people to feed I try to put a few dishes on the menu that use a common ingredient so I can buy it in bulk and save a little money.
Tomato sauce is one of the most versatile ingredients I can think of and I have so many awesome recipes I love to make with it. For game day you can’t go wrong with Meatball Sliders, French Bread Pizza Sticks, and some Pizza Wontons (the kids love those!). I stock up on Ragu® sauce at Sam’s Club. I trust the long-standing traditional, quality ingredients that Ragu® uses, and they have a 3 pack of 45 oz. Ragu® Traditional Sauce jars which means I can make all of my favorite recipes and still have some left over for dinner during the week.
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Let’s start with the main event, my meatball sliders are a favorite at parties and they are perfect for game day. One look at those cheesy bites of delicious, saucy, meatballs, and you just want to dig in! They are super easy to make too. Just put the bottoms of your slider rolls in a casserole dish and cover them with Ragu® sauce. Next add your cooked meatballs (and a little more sauce because you can never have enough!). Then top them with lots of mozzarella cheese. Place the top slider buns over the meatballs and brush them with olive oil and sprinkle them with mixture of Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes covered, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes. You end up with mini meatball subs oozing with stringy mozzarella cheese. These are one of my all time favorite party foods and I usually have to make a double batch because I can’t eat just one!
What goes better with subs than pizza, am I right? With the Ragu® sauce I can whip up some of the simple French Bread Pizza Sticks I showed you yesterday. The great thing about pizza is that everyone loves it, young or old, and you can customize it to fit all different tastes. That’s important now that game days involve kids and adults!
Speaking of kids they always request that I make these Pizza Wontons when we’re having people over. They are really easy to make and there is nothing better than crunching into a wonton filled with gooey cheese, pepperoni, and sauce. Yum!
That’s it, three recipes that are perfect for homegating before the big game and they all use the same basic ingredients, Ragu® sauce and mozzarella cheese. You can stock up on both at Sam’s Club and save a little money. Then throw some different breads, and a few pizza toppings of your choice in there and you have all the party food you need without having to buy a million ingredients.
- 15 Slider buns
- 15 Meatballs, cooked
- 2 c Ragu® Traditional Sauce
- 2 c Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place the bottom half of the slider buns in a casserole dish.
- Spoon a little sauce on each bun then place a meatball on each one, and add just a little more sauce over the meatballs.
- Cover the meatballs in mozzarella cheese.
- Place the top buns over the meatballs and brush them with a little oil.
- Combine the Parmesan cheese and the Italian seasoning then sprinkle it over the buns.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
I hope you enjoy it and good luck to your team on game day!!
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