Meatball Sliders with Havarti

24 sliders (including 36 meatballs)
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Meatball sliders are one of our favorite game day eats. Juicy meatballs, toasted buns, and of course — cheese! Here we're using our creamy, extremely meltable Havarti cheese.


  • For Homemade Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • For the Sandwiches:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot (about 2 large carrots)
  • 2/3-1 cup red wine
  • 2 (14-oz) jars tomato pasta sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 24 mini pretzel rolls or mini slider buns. sliced in half
  • 12 ounces Roth Creamy Havarti cheese, shredded


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Mix well, using damp hands to ensure mixture is incorporated.
  4. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop meatballs onto lined baking sheets. Bake until meatballs are browned and edges are crispy, about 20 minutes (internal temperature should reach 155 degrees F).
  5. While meatballs bake, prepare the sauce. Over medium-low heat, melt butter in a large sauté pan or Dutch oven. Add onion, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and softened. Add shredded carrot, and mix well. Add wine to deglaze the pan, and let come to a boil. Add pasta sauce, and reduce heat to low. Let simmer.
  6. Transfer meatballs to a wire rack. Remove aluminum foil from baking pans, and replace with new aluminum foil. Arrange bottoms of pretzels rolls on pans. Top each pretzel roll half with 1 to 2 meatballs and an equal amount of tomato sauce and shredded Havarti.
  7. Bake 5 minutes in the oven or until cheese melts. Place the other half of the pretzel roll on top, and bake an additional 5 minutes or until buns are lightly toasted. Serve immediately.