Easy Pizza Sliders

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2016
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pizza sliders

Today’s recipe is a family favorite, and I’m asked for the recipe almost every time I’ve ever made these pizza sliders. They are absolutely delicious, super frugal, and so ridiculously simple to make… thankfully, my family doesn’t get tired of me making them over and over again 🙂

Our favorite varieties are pepperoni pizza sliders and ham pizza sliders — but I can attest that sausage and bacon are yummy too!

Believe it or not, I usually make the full 2-dozen sliders for our small family, and we happily eat the leftovers for lunches throughout the next couple of days (yes, they are THAT good!)

Often I’ll make half pepperoni and half ham so we can each have a little variety. I serve them with fresh or canned fruit, chips, and a salad or raw veggies — so hardly any work with the side dishes either.

In general, this is a winning recipe all the way around! 

Recipe for Easy Pizza Sliders

makes 24 mini sliders

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INGREDIENTS:

  • mini slider buns (I make my own using frozen bread dough, but you can buy them. I make 24 really small buns, but any size will work)
  • pasta or pizza sauce
  • pizza meat (pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, salami, etc)
  • Mozzarella cheese (sliced or shredded)
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1/2 t. basil
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 T. Parmesan cheese (I prefer the powdered cheese over the nicer shredded cheese, but either will work)

DIRECTIONS:

If you’re making your own buns, I would suggest defrosting ONE 1-pound loaf of frozen bread dough and cutting into 24 equal chunks. Let it rise and bake for about 17-20 minutes (don’t over-bake them).

Once you have your rolls, slice them all in half and place the bottoms in a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish

Spread bottoms of buns with a small amount of pasta or pizza sauce and top with meat, cheese, and top bun.

In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave (it only takes a 10-15 seconds)

Mix basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and Parmesan into the melted butter and pour over sliders.

Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese if desired and bake for 15 minutes at 325ºF or until cheese is melty and gooey.

Serve, eat, and enjoy!

I can easily eat 3 or 4 of these ooey, gooey sliders (along with additional sides), and my kids almost always have 2 full sliders.

I regularly make these for potlucks and other parties — sometimes 4-6 dozen at a time (and I rarely ever have any left over!)

Also, I could see these being a requested “after school snack” once my kids are a little older — probably a better choice than a cookie or a bag of chips too!

If you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner, a snack for your kids and their friends, or a simple meal to bring to an upcoming potluck, give these sliders a try. I hope you love them as much as we do!

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23 comments

  1. CB

    09/09/2016

    Thanks for the recipe! It was a big hit at our house!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay! Glad to hear it 🙂

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  3. Melissa

    08/21/2016

    I knew this recipe would be a crowd-pleaser for my family but then thought that my daughter might be able to “cook” this by herself. So, tonight, my 8 year old made pizza sliders for our family her very first independently cooked meal! It actually brought tears to my eyes at how very proud she was of herself. Thanks for sharing the recipe & giving us a special night at our home tonight!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Wow — that’s so great! I love it!!
    Thanks for sharing your little special moment — THIS is one of the many many MANY reasons why I love simple foods!

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  4. wendalette

    08/11/2016

    Wondering how well this would work with veggies…we’re vegetarian. I’m concerned that they wouldn’t cook through or the bread would get soggy.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I honestly have no idea — but it can’t hurt to give it a try. Or maybe use roasted or grilled veggies instead??

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  5. Sarah

    08/09/2016

    These look amazing! My guys aren’t big fans of tomato sauces or piggy, so I hafta get creative if I want pizza-y stuff. I just now made some with Alfredo and leftover pieces of crock pot chicken – using what I have ;). Everything else was the same as your recipe.
    Turned out great!

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    Andrea Reply:

    glad to hear you mixed it up to use what you have in the house — that’s my favorite part of cooking!

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  6. JoDi

    08/09/2016

    Those look yummy – will definitely try them! I do have a favorite baked sandwich recipe. It’s your ham and cheese baked sandwich recipe! They’re so delicious. YUM!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha –thanks! The ham and cheese sammies are still my favorite, but Dave and the kids all LOOOOVE the pepperoni pizza sliders!

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  7. shelly

    08/09/2016

    This looks perfect for our NFL tailgate parties we have. I’m making this for the first season opener. Thanks for sharing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Oh yeah, these will be perfect!

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  8. Sher

    08/09/2016

    I have been making many variations on the “sliders” this summer! Using already baked sweet hawaiian buns have been a favorite 🙂 everything from pulled pork, breakfast sliders, to chicken parmesan with marinara! yum! sometimes I use the crescent rolls in the can instead. did an italian meat with provolone cheese and fresh basil on saturday that was delish! then the leftover dough I filled with blackberries for dessert 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yum, your sliders sound delicious!

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  9. Melissa D.

    08/09/2016

    I’ve been gathering recipes that are do-able for my teenagers to make and this one will be perfect! We love sliders and while I’ve made them before, I’m not a very good “outside the box” cook and didn’t think of pizza sliders! I guarantee they’ll be a hit! (And for the record, your Wet Burritos are on the menu for Thursday!) Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    This is DEFINITELY do-able for teens 🙂

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  10. Janice

    08/09/2016

    Am I crazy or does your recipe say a “pint” of salt instead of a pinch of salt? Funny!

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    Andrea Reply:

    nope, you weren’t crazy — I fixed it 🙂

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  11. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    08/09/2016

    These look awesome! I’m still trying not to turn the oven on much because it heats our house up so badly, but I’ll have to try these in the fall. That frozen bread dough is amazing! We make cinnamon rolls with it. So good!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’ve done small batches of these in our toaster oven too — and yes, the frozen bread dough is one of my favorite things!

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  12. Kari

    08/09/2016

    I’ve already planned our August menu, but these are definitely going on the menu for September! Thanks for this super simple, yummy recipe.

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    Andrea Reply:

    You could always sneak these in for lunch or a late-night snack some day 🙂

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