What can be better than sliders made with homemade slider buns (pizza flavored in this case!) and a big, homemade Italian sausage patty? These were awesome.
Start by making half a batch of King Arthur Flour big batch rolls. These also make very good slider buns. To these, I added King Arthur Pizza Dough flavor (2 teaspoons), 1/2 cup sourdough starter, and 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning for an amazing flavor.
I like to use these pans for my sliders (so convenient) and I’ve found that using a piece of parchment paper prevents any sticking mishaps.
Weigh out your rolls
And allow to rise until doubled in size.
Bake and slice horizontally. I added melted butter with garlic powder (about 4 T butter, and 1/2 t garlic powder) to the tops after baking.
In a separate pan, bake the sausage patty. I used my homemade sausage with fennel powder added to give it an Italian flavor (this is about a pound and a half but you could go down to a pound if you wanted a less thick sausage patty. We wanted ours thick).
Add the sausage patty to the bottom part of the bun, and make a quick red sauce.
This one is super simple. Add a 13 ounce box of Colavita crushed tomatoes, several cloves of crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, and 1/4 teaspoon (to taste) dried crushed red peppers. Add 1 teaspoon Minor’s beef base and warm in the microwave until the base melts. The beef base deepens the flavor of the sauce and adds umami.
Add the red sauce on top of the patty and add cheese. Here I used provolone, but any white cheese will do.
Bake until all is heated through (I left the top bun off to heat the bottom through, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then added the top bun about 45 minutes into the cooking time, to warm the top part for another 10-15 minutes). The cook time is going to vary GREATLY depending on how cold you patty is and the temperature of your buns. My patty was cold so I needed about an hour and fifteen minutes. If the patty is warm, 35-40 minutes should do.
To finish, I added some Cento Hoagie Spread (this stuff is the BOMB on sandwiches) diced raw onion and cold lettuce).
And slice and serve. The kids really loved these (even my son who isn’t such a fan of red sauce!) and they’re really great reheated. These would hold well for a party, also.
I’m not going to lie…they’re a little messy. But SO tasty.
If you like this recipe you will also like:
- Ham and Cheese Sliders With Zippy Sauce
- Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Beery Sliders
- Mississippi Sin Sliders
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork Sliders
- Instant Pot Beer Swiss Mushroom Sliders
- Instant Pot Italian Beef Sliders
- Cheeseburger Sliders
- Lobster Roll Sliders
Italian Bomber Sliders
- ½ recipe “King Arthur Flour Big Batch Rolls”
- 2 teaspoons King Arthur Flour Pizza Dough Flavoring
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ cup sourdough starter
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 to 1 ½ lb Italian sausage I used spicy
For the sauce
- 13.75 ounce box or can crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon beef base
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper to taste
- 10-12 slices provolone white American, or whatever sliced cheese you prefer
- Cento Hoagie Spread
- 4-9 tablespoons onions diced
- ½ cup lettuce chopped fine
For the rolls
- Add all ingredients to stand mixer and mix until incorporated. Add to greased bowl and allow to rise overnight in refrigerator (optional step but it adds a lot of flavor. It can be left for several days also). Allow rolls to come to room temperature and weigh out into 12 buns. Add to 13X9 casserole or half pan, weighing out 12 balls of dough to make 12 sandwiches. Allow to rise until double in warm area, this could be an hour and a half to 2 hours. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes until internal temperature reads 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush tops with melted butter with garlic powder added.
For the sausage patty
- Bake patty in 13X9 pan or half pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the red sauce
- Add all ingredients and warm in microwave until the beef base melts, stir.
- Slice slider buns in half horizontally and add sausage patty (save top for later). Add sauce to top, and cheese on top of sauce. Bake in preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven until bottom bun is warmed through, patty is warm and cheese is melted. This could be 30-50 minutes depending on starting temperature of the buns and meat. When the bottom is nearly heated through, add the top bun (I used a separate pan) and heat that through. Remove bottom from oven, add hoagie spread, lettuce and onions, then top bun. Cut sliders and serve.
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