Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Keenan hasn’t made a blog appearance in a while. So here he is – waiting outside the kitchen for any food to accidentally fall
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 Tablespoons olive oil
⅔ cup romano cheese
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried parsley
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
15 slider buns (or dinner rolls if you cannot find them)
- Preheat oven to 400°
- In a large bowl, add ground beef, egg, oil, cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Mix to combine, gently tossing a few times with your hands. Don’t overmix – it will result in tough meatballs!
- Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray and add pasta sauce. Roll beef into golfball-sized meatballs (about 3 tablespoons of beef), and press a cube of mozzarella in the middle. Seal the beef around the cheese and set in sauce.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with additional sauce if desired, toasted slider buns, and a few slabs of mozzarella for topping. Makes 15 sliders.
I brought these to a football game party a few Sundays back and I thought they were really good! The meat was a little tough so I think I mixed the meat mixture a little too much but the flavor was awesome! Perfect party food to bring!