However, sometimes I just want these sliders without having spaghetti so this time I made a batch of meatballs and sauce specifically for this purpose. (I actually saved most of the sauce to use in my lasagna on Saturday.)
As I said these can be made with leftover meatballs and they are so much better than regular old grilled meatball and mozzarella sandwiches. Why? Because the slider buns (or the Hawaiian rolls I use) create just the perfect ratio of bread to meatball, and they grill up beautifully.
So next time you're craving a meatball sub, maybe try these instead.
Source: Meatballs and sauce from Annie's Eats
One recipe of meatballs and sauce (you can use the original link above for Annie's instructions or the link here for my instructions but either way it's the same recipe)
1 package King's Hawaiian Rolls (you could use regular slider buns but I love the slight sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls)
4 oz mozzarella or provolone cheese, sliced (you can buy pre-sliced but I always buy blocks and slice it myself)
There are really no measurements for the sliders. I'd say we probably eat three sliders each so prepare for 2-4 sliders per person you are feeding.
Slice your rolls in half. Butter the inside of each half of the rolls and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder.
Place your buttered rolls butter-side-down in a non-stick skillet heated over medium heat. Grill the bread in the skillet until it is nicely browned.
Place the rolls butter-side-up on your plate. Put a slice of cheese on the bottom half of each roll. Carefully place one meatball on the bottom half of each roll on top of the cheese. Drizzle a tiny bit of marinara sauce over the meatball and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Serve warm with french fries on the side. These fries are Kroger brand garlic french fries. We just tried them for the first time this week and they are definitely my new favorite fries.
Also, if you're using leftover meatballs still cold from the fridge you can do the whole thing in the oven.
Just preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet lay out the open rolls. Place the cheese on the top half of the roll and the meatball and sauce on the bottom half. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the meatballs are heated through.
Sprinkle with Parmesan and voila!