Sloppy Giuseppe Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing rolls
  • 1 1/4 lb mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 c canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, drained
  • 1 small clove fresh garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 c jarred tomato basil sauce
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 16 slider rolls, split horizontally
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • 16 slice mozzarella cheese (about same size as rolls)
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How to Make Sloppy Giuseppe Sliders

  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage. Brown sausage well, breaking up links into small pieces with a wooden spoon as they cook.
  2. Add onion, vinegar, salt, black pepper and optional red pepper flakes; stir until onion is tender. Add tomatoes and garlic; stir 30 seconds. Add sauce; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until liquid has almost completely evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Preheat broiler. Brush cut sides of roll tops lightly with oil. Arrange all roll slices, cut side up, on a large baking sheet.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, pile equal amounts of sausage mixture onto roll bottoms; sprinkle lightly with parmesan. Top each with 1 slice of mozzarella. Place briefly under broiler, watching carefully, until mozzarella is melted and roll tops are toasted. Arrange roll tops over melted mozzarella and serve.