Sliders are popular for all sorts of reasons, and their small size make them fun for parties, get together, and holidays. These Pizza Sliders are cheesy and totally customizable, and loved by all!
I feel as if summer is slipping through my fingers and I have so much to do before school starts back up this year. If you’ve been reading Everyday Made Fresh long enough, you’ve seen me mention that we homeschool.
I haven’t really done a post or anything for it, but I’ve got several in my drafts folder. It’s one of those things that I want to talk about, but then so many people have their own opinions of what’s right and wrong when it comes to what to teach your kid, or how to teach it, that I’ve pretty much remained silent.
Unless I mention something in a post regarding a field trip, or something that we did that I just weaved into a post, like this one. However, I think that’s about to change.
Everyone has their own opinions, and someone may actually share mine. I do read homeschool blogs, and belong to enough groups on Facebook, and like enough pages to know that I share some of the same opinions as other homeschooling families.
However, I won’t post all those posts, I’ll probably just condense it down, and then post randomly later as a follow up. I can tell you that since I was a para (teacher’s aide) that we are pretty much a traditional school at home family. I have tweaked things over the years to get us to where we are now, but it works for us.
Ok…I promise no more school talk until at least August, and I’ll be talking recipes, beach bag essentials (because I live locally to a super popular beach destination, and I laugh when I see the list of things that people say you need in a beach bag), and a few random posts here and there unrelated to food and recipes.
Until then though…let’s talk Pizza Sliders, and why they are perfect, and why you should make these today!
Ever since I made my popular Roast Beef and Cheddar Sliders, I’ve had sliders on the brain. Ha. But, really I have.
I wrote down a list of ideas, and then went to Pinterest to see if they existed. Well this Pizza Slider idea did, Averie Cooks, and hers looked great so I tweaked up her recipe, and this creation was deemed the way we should enjoy “pizza” at least once a month.
She went with all pepperoni, and although I adore a pepperoni pizza, I know that Zack and Kelsie like other things from time to time on theirs. So these are loaded with mozzarella, parmesan, pepperoni, fresh garlic, mushrooms, minced onion, finely diced peppers, and a sprinkle of sausage.
The best part is that these are totally customizable. So if your family doesn’t like one thing or another on their pizza, you can make these just how they like them.
You could do a couple of different pans of these for a party, with different “toppings” too.
I chose to dice everything up fine, except for the pepperonis. This is simply because it made the toppings stay in the sauce better. I also mixed those things into part of the sauce. I’m telling you, this made a world of difference.
They are loaded with so much flavor! And they are ready in about 30 minutes! That’s a win in my book!
Ways to change up these Pizza Sliders:
Remember these are totally made the way you and your family or guests like them! Toss in whatever toppings that they like and you have a winning dish.
Just a few suggestions:
- ground sausage
- bell peppers
Can I make these sliders ahead of time?
Yes! Assemble the sliders, but don’t pour the topping on yet. Cover and place in the fridge. When ready to bake, remove from the fridge, uncover, and pour the topping on. Cover, and follow the remaining directions.
Can I freeze these sliders?
You sure can! Assemble the sliders and bake. Let them cool completely. Place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer.
When you are ready to eat the sliders remove them out of the freezer. I like to let them sit in the fridge overnight. Microwave them for about 20-30 seconds depending on your microwave.
Recipes to serve alongside Pizza Sliders: (for a party)
Recipes to serve alongside Pizza Sliders: (for dinner)
- Skinny Broccoli Salad with a Poppy Seed Dressing
- Orange Maple Roasted Carrots
- Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- ¾ cup shredded parmesan (freshly shredded)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian flat-leaf for garnishing
- ¾ cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup pepperoni's
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- one 12-count package slider buns - I didn't use the Hawiaan brand, but one from Walmart (Sam's Choice)
- ¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
- ¼ cup tiny diced mushrooms
- ½ cup cooked sausage
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - the kind in the container from the pasta aisle
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl mix together ½ of the sauce with the diced mushrooms, diced peppers, and diced onion. Evenly spread it onto those bun bottoms in the pan.
- Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese on to the buns.
- Top evenly with pepperonis and cooked ground sausage. About 3 per pepperonis bun. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
- Top with the rest of the sauce, and top with the top portion of the buns.
- In a mearusing cup, mix the melted butter, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, black pepper, salt, and oregano together. Pour evenly over the top of the buns. Cover with foil, and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Place in the preheated oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil from the top of the pan, and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. Remove, and top with fresh chopped parsley. Serve hot!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g