Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Serve these super-cute, ultra-delicious, Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders for the big game, or a fun weeknight dinner!

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Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders

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Makes 16 sliders

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
2lbs 90/10 ground beef
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, microplaned or finely minced
3 mozzarella string cheese sticks, each cut into 6 pieces (for a total of 18 pieces)
24oz jar marinara sauce
8 slices provolone cheese, thinly sliced
16 cocktail buns

Directions:

  1. Preheat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine ground beef, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic in a large bowl. Mix to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  2. Shape meatball mixture into 16 balls, making an indent in the middle of each ball and pushing a piece of mozzarella cheese into the middle. Seal the meat around the cheese completely.
  3. Place half the meatballs into the hot skillet and sauté until golden brown on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the meatballs and brown on the other side. Meatballs do not need to cook all the way through. Remove to a plate. Re-heat the pan with the remaining oil and cook the second half of the meatballs. Return all the meatballs to the skillet.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low and pour the marinara sauce into the skillet.  Place a lid on top and simmer for 15 minutes, spooning the marinara sauce over the meatballs every so often to keep them moist.
  5. Cut each slice of provolone cheese in half. Place a cooked meatball onto a bun, and top with provolone cheese.

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