Ok, ok… I know this might seem a bit parochial, but I think it’s a real time saver for the holidays. Meatball Sliders! My mother always fried her meatballs before she put them in the sauce, but I don’t. I put them into the sauce raw and let them flavor the sauce. Take note, I don’t use a fatty meat. I use a lean beef. Anyway, if you’re like me and have lots of visitors over the holidays…this is a quick and simple dish to have around. Who doesn’t like a meatball sub?! The perfect bite for you or your guests…
2 Lbs 90/10 ground beef
4 slices white bread (I like to use the bread ends)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1 large can tomato sauce… seasoned with 2 tsp oregano, 2 tsp garlic salt and 2 tsp Italian seasoning.
Little slider rolls… Most bakeries have them, if you can’t find them use dinner rolls. Break up the bread and add the milk to it. Add the ground beef to the bread mixture along with an egg and mix lightly until the bread, egg and the meat are incorporated.
In a saute pan, caramelize the onions and garlic then add to the meat along with 1/2 cup fresh Pecorino cheese, one egg, and seasonings. Again mix lightly to incorporate. Roll into desired size meatballs.
Heat the sauce in a large sauce pot with the lid on. When the sauce comes to a boil, gently drop meatballs into the sauce moving around to cover all the meatballs in the sauce for even cooking.
Turn down the heat to bring sauce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Serve on little rolls with additional Pecorino cheese and eat! Delicious, simple and always a crowd-pleaser.