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Mini Meatball Sliders
12 dinner rolls – 25 g
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
1 ½ Pounds 95% Lean Ground Beef
3 Sticks reduced fat string cheese, cut into 12 pieces
1 Cup Reduced Fat Cheddar or Jack Cheese, Grated
¼ Teaspoon Pepper
1-1/4 cups ketchup
1⁄4 cup mustard
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1.25 cups grated reduced fat Cheddar cheese
5 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups cherry tomatoes
Optional Garnish: Sliced Pickle
Let’s Start Baking!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil and pour the olive oil onto pan. Tilt pan to coat the bottom with oil. Set aside.
1. Combine GROUND beef, cheese, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Divide equally into 12 meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared sheet pan. Insert 1 piece of string cheese in the center of each meatball, reshaping the meatball if necessary. Place in Prue heated oven and bake 15-20 minutes.
2. While meatballs are baking, combine all sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir and heat another 10 to 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and set aside.
3. Cut dinner rolls in half and toast them.
4. Place each meatball on bottom half of a toasted dinner roll, ladle with sauce, and garnish with cheese, lettuce and tomato. Add optional garnish of sliced pickle. Replace top half of roll and serve.
Recipe adapted by Barbara Beery for Dairy Max.
From the University of Texas Longhorns Cookbook http://www.kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-longhorns-cookbook Text copyright ©2008 by Barbara Beery, reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.