Pizza Sliders

Pizza sliders are basically pizza in slider form. Soft rolls topped with a quick homemade sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella and brushed with parm-herb butter. Super easy, cheesy and delicious!

These sandwiches are a lazy girls (or guys!) bff. I speak from experience.

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Do you ever wake up with good intentions to get stuff done? Make a well detailed and specific grocery list only to then lay in bed Pinteresting?? On a typical morning I’ll go straight from the bus stop to the grocery grocery store. I’m there by 7:15 and out before it starts to get busy. Today? Not so much.

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I also had other plans for dinner but after unloading a million dollars in groceries, I had zero desire to make anything. Why is that?

Enter pizza sliders.

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I never made these before last month. Since then,  I’ve made them twice- this being the third time. For recipe testing purposes of course.

It’s really a no-brainer of a recipe which is why it’s great for those nights you just can’t get around to putting on a large spread. Dinner rolls + homemade EASY pizza sauce + pepperoni + mozzarella = best sandwiches of your life.

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To make the sauce; pour 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce into a 10-inch skillet.

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Measure out and then add in a 1/2 teaspoon of both dried basil and kosher salt.

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Then add a 1/4 teaspoon of both garlic powder…

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…and sugar.

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Stir to combine and heat over medium to medium low until bubbling. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

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In the meantime, add 2 tablespoons of salted butter into a small saucepan.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning…

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Heat on low until just melted. No need to let it come to a boil. In fact, when I notice that the butter is almost but not fully melted, I pull the pan off of the heat and let the residual heat further melt the butter.

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Next add in 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese…

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…and mix to combine.

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After the sauce has simmered for 10 minutes and has thickened a bit remove it off of the heat.

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Stir in 1 tablespoon of butter.

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Spoon the sauce on the bottom half of each dinner roll.

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Spread it around, reaching the edges.

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Place two slices of sandwich pepperoni on top of the sauce.

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Sprinkle with freshly grated mozzarella cheese.

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Slide the pan into a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the top buns edges are crispy and starting to brown.

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Replace the top buns onto the sandwiches…

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And generously brush the tops of the sandwiches with the Parmesan herb butter.

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Return the pan back to the oven for 4 more minutes. This gives that butter a chance to further crisp the roll tops, the cheese and herbs crisp and crust over the tops. Licking my fingers after eating two one of these may be my most favorite part.

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Next, allow the sandwiches to cool a smidge before eating. Use any leftover sauce for sandwich dipping.

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These make good for football finger food, after school snacks or dinner. Definitely dinner. #letsbereal

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Earlier, I posted on my snapchat that I had made these, and my girls busted through the door asking (very loudly) “WHERE ARE THEY?!” and then accused me of eating more than my fair share. I didn’t. Or did I? I’ll never tell.

Enjoy these crazy simple, super delicious and fun sandwiches! I just know you’ll love them.

Enjoy!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 6 sliders

Pizza Sliders

Pizza in slider form! A fun sandwich for all ages.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 12 thin slices of sandwich pepperoni (found at the deli, about 1/4 pound)
  • 1 generous cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 challah dinner rolls, halved (or any soft roll will work)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet add the tomato sauce, basil, salt, garlic powder and sugar. Heat over medium to medium-low until the sauce bubbles. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning to a small saucepan. Heat on low and melt. Do not let it bubble. Remove off of the heat and add in Parmesan. Stir and set off to the side.
  4. Once the sauce has simmered and is thick, stir in a tablespoon of butter. Spoon sauce onto the bottom half of dinner rolls and spread. Top with two slices of pepperoni and a tablespoon or so of grated mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake sliders (open faced) for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Replace the top but and brush with Parmesan herb butter, bake for 4 more minutes.
  6. Allow the sandwiches to cool for a few minutes before eating.
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6 Responses to “Pizza Sliders”

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — November 12, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Haha. I put time limits on Pinterest for myself. I get 5 minutes for every item I check off my to-do list. Hey, it works and gets me motivated! These sliders look very yummy and easy and with two little kids, I’m pushing a few easy buttons these days =)

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    Medeja — November 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

    They look so yummy! Great idea!

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    Christina — November 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    MAKING THESE BEAUTIES TONIGHT. YUM!

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    Kristen Hogue — November 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Hi! These look amazing!

    Question, where did you get the rolls? I can’t wait to make these!

    -Kristen

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 13th, 2015 @ 7:03 pm

      Hi Kristen! I got the rolls at my grocery store (Meijer) in the bakery section. They’re made by a Michigan company. But I bet you could find these at a specialty bakery- but truthfully, any good roll will do! ❤️

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    Krissy — November 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    These were so good! My dinner rolls were tiny little things so we just used regular sized pepperoni slices, but it worked good for the little fingers eating them:) Can’t wait for my cook book, isn’t tomorrow the day?

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