Friday, September 21, 2012

Kickin' Meatball Sliders

It's football time again and between cheering for our local high school football team on Friday nights, getting caught up in Vol fever while the University of Tennessee was featured on ESPN's Game Day last Saturday or cheering for my hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, a girl can not have too much delicious, hearty food on hand.

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. mild Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 cloves of garlic, rough chopped (divided 4 and 2)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 large eggs, whisked
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 - 28 ounce can tomato puree
1 cup red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon basil
Kosher salt and black pepper
Asiago cheese, shaved (figure 3 shaved strips per slider)
Slider buns or soft, small dinner rolls, sliced in half
Fresh basil leaves

in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, Italian sausage, red pepper flakes, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, Panko crumbs, grated Parmesan, eggs, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Form  into meatballs about the size of golf balls.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and brown the meatballs on all sides.  

You will probably have to brown the meatballs in batches.  Once browned, move the meatballs to a paper towel lined platter.

To make the sauce, heat the remaining olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes.  Then add the remaining chopped garlic and saute for another minute.  Add in the tomato puree  and once it begins to bubble, add in the wine, stir to thoroughly combine.  Allow the sauce to gently simmer for 5 minutes then add the oregano, sugar, bay leaf, basil and salt and pepper to taste. 

Carefully add in the browned meatballs, cover and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Adjust seasonings if needed.  I wound up adding in a little more garlic powder and some grated Parmesan cheese. 

To assemble your slider, place two meatballs in a bowl and very slightly flatten then just a bit with the back of a large spoon.  Place the meatballs on the bun bottom and ladle on some sauce.  Top with a couple of slices of the shaved Asiago cheese and a basil leaf.

Let me tell you, the basil leaf really added a certain "sumthin'-sumthin'" to this slider.

Score!  these sliders are definitely a touchdown!!!

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David said...

Katherine, Great looking meatballs! Splash on a little Tabasco and I'd be ready to go...meatball sandwich, meatballs and mashed...meatballs and rice or noodles. I like the bit of bite that you added to the mix. Thanks for the recipe and take care, Big Daddy Dave

The Japanese Redneck said...

I usually always go for a meatball sandwich if we are eating out.

Looks good.

Happy weekend.

Penny said...

Sounds like a winner Katherine. I love meatballs and sliders. Love the ingredients in this.

Lea Ann said...

Most certainly is the season for this kind of food. These meatballs sound fabulous Katherine. That line up of ingredients is amazing. I've must give them a try. Pinned.

~~louise~~ said...

They sure sound "kickin" Katherine. You know, I never thought to use Panko in meatballs. I'm so use to making them with "regular" bread crumbs it just never occurred to me.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy football season. Here in central PA it seems like everyone enjoys Football!!!

Chris said...

Those are just perfect for tailgating...or any event calling for eating. I could see devastating a whole sub of these meatballs, but I'll settle for a slider or three.

Blond Duck said...

They look delicious to me! You know I love sliders!

Comfortcook said...

I am definitely going to make these this football and holiday season. They sound delicious. Love the idea making them into sliders. I love the slider craze. How convenient and easy. And it looks like a really big deal with a platter of sliders sitting in the middle of a buffet table. Thanks for the recipe and hoping for a better Vol season from here on out. It's not been the best, huh? There's always next year and I'll have this recipe down pat by then! Have a great Holiday Season....Comfortcook (Lisa Schmidt-Nashville, TN)