Spicy Meatball Sliders with Quick Pickled Cabbage
I know you’re all familiar with meatball sliders. There’s a good reason for their popularity. They’re GOOD. Really good. I can’t even say the name without wanting one, and now (you guessed it) I want one! Zero willpower when it comes to foods that I love. It’s the reason I exercise. The only reason.
Because I like to eat. I’m not one of those people who LOVES to exercise. I wish I was but nope I dread it but I suck it up and do it. I may or may not even think about what I’m going to eat for lunch while I’m doing said exercise. Sad but true.
Whenever I’m making a batch of meatballs I hedge my bet and make extra. On most nights I can’t count on having any leftover from a regular batch because they’re meat-a-balls and everyone in da family loves them. Those extra meatballs (that I hide immediately, yes I have no shame) are placed into the fridge so I can have a meatball sandwich or slider the following day.
Now these aren’t just your regular run of the mill sandwich shop meatball sliders here. These sliders are dare I say sophisticated and is going to knock the football pants off all your friends and family.
They’re perfect for any upcoming parties you’ll be hosting to you know celebrate that pig skin game that people rave about. I on the other hand couldn’t even tell you whose playing in said games BUT I do serve up mean snacks and such. Which is let’s be honest what’s important right? Right.
It’s always about the food people. And okay the people with you, that’s important too. Food and people and the pigskin for some. Sigh.
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Spicy Meatball Sliders with Quick Pickled Cabbage
Spicy Meatball Sliders with Quick Pickled Cabbage.
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup Panko
- 1 small red cabbage – finely sliced
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Kosher salt/pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups prepared tomato sauce
- 15 mini pretzel slider rolls
- 15 fresh basil leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together: sausage, egg, milk and panko until well combined.
- Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out balls of sausage mixture onto a rimmed non-stick baking sheet. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
- Note: Heat slider rolls and tomato sauce while meatballs are cooking.
- While meatballs are cooking: Add red cabbage into a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together vinegar and sugar until combined. Season with salt/pepper.
- Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined. Pour over cabbage. Set aside.
- When meatballs have finished cooking transfer them to tomato sauce pot. Turn to coat.
- To assemble: place one meatball onto bottom of slider roll (add extra sauce if desired), top with fork full of pickled cabbage and a fresh basil leaf. Place top of slider bun on.
- Continue until all sliders are assembled.
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Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
I am very familiar with meatball sliders – love them! This looks delish.
These spicy sliders are to die for! I love the addition of pickled cabbage, yum!
The Food Hunter says
I could eat a bunch of these!
Martha@A Family Feast says
Love the pickled cabbage – great twist!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
Combine meatballs & slider concept together—–it makes you sing—It’s Made in Heaven song.
Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom says
That quick pickled cabbage sounds fantastic with the spicy sliders!
Kate @ Diethood says
I’d make 3 times more just for ME!! And the pickled cabbage sounds amazing!
Stephanie @ Back for Seconds says
Now I’m hungry!!!
Cookin Canuck says
I want these for Super Bowl Sunday! What perfect little bites these would be.
Oh yes meatballs are the very best…
Ginny McMeans says
Oh my gosh, I love picked cabbage. This looks great!
Lora @cakeduchess says
Love the addition of pickled cabbage…the color is just gorgeous! Save me one!! Pinned!!
Heather // girlichef says
Yum, what a fun and flavorful slider!
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says
Wow- your pictures are gorgeous!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
Love the pickled cabbage topping. Great choice.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
The cabbage goes perfect with them! I wish I could reach right in a grab one!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
These little sliders are so, so perfect!
Rose | The Clean Dish says
Oh man I hear you about exercising. I do enjoy it because it makes me actually feel better (back exercises!!) but I wouldn’t work out half as much if I wasn’t such a “good” eater haha! These meat sliders are fabulous!! YUM!!
Nutmeg Nanny says
These sliders look great – perfect for Super Bowl!
Love sliders for parties – I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these!
kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox says
Love these sliders! They’re perfect for game day.
Amanda @ The Kitcheneer says
Love this! These Meatball sliders are super cute and tasty looking!