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Italian-Inspired Sliders Dressed to Impress

Italian-Inspired Sliders Dressed to Impress

By Janet Tharpe

 

 

 

Ah…Sloppy Joes. Lunchroom favorite and potluck mainstay. Home cook Lisa Speer updates this classic American sandwich with an Italian twist. These three-bite, super flavorful mini sandwiches are perfect for snacking on at a party or as part of a munchy dinner. The best part? They’re super easy to eat and not really ‘sloppy’ at all! See step-by-step photos of Speer’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: www.justapinch.com/sliders You’ll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”… -Janet “Everyone I’ve served [these] to has raved, even people who don’t like traditional Sloppy Joes!” -Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, FL {{more}} What You Need 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more11/4 lb mild Italian sausages, w/out casings1lg yellow onion, diced1tbsp balsamic vinegar1/4tsp salt1/8tsp freshly ground black pepper1pinch red pepper flakes 1/2c canned diced tomatoes, drained1sm clove garlic, minced2c jarred tomato basil sauce3tbsp chopped fresh basil16slider rolls, sliced1-1/2tbsp grated Parmesan16slc mozzarella cheese Directions •Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage. Brown well, breaking up links with a wooden spoon. •Add onion, vinegar, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes; stir until onion is tender. Add tomatoes and garlic; stir 30 seconds. Add sauce; cook about 5minutes, stirring frequently, or until liquid has almost evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in basil.  •Preheat broiler. Brush cut sides of roll tops lightly with oil. Arrange all roll slices, cut side up, on a large baking sheet. •Using an ice cream scoop, pile equal amounts of sausage mixture onto roll bottoms; sprinkle lightly with Parmesan; top with mozzarella slice. Place briefly under broiler, until mozzarella is melted and roll tops are toasted. Arrange roll tops over melted mozzarella and serve. Submitted by: Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, FL  www.justapinch.com/sliders ©2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Brought to you by American Hometown MediaUsed by Permission.