1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)
12 fresh basil leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat broiler to high.
Gently combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, being careful not to overmix. Divide beef mixture into 24 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a meatball (do not pack). Arrange rolls, cut sides up, on a heavy baking sheet; broil 30 seconds or until very lightly toasted. Remove roll tops from pan.
Arrange meatballs on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 3 minutes or until browned. Turn meatballs over; broil 2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Arrange 2 meatballs on bottom half of each roll; top each slider with 1 cheese slice. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts.
Place marinara sauce in a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once. Place two sliders on each of 6 plates; spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce over each sandwich. Top each slider with 1 basil leaf, if desired, and 1 bun top.
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These were a bit more time-consuming for me as I had to make both the marinara and the fresh mozzarella; but otherwise they came together quickly. I also made 12 meatballs instead of 24 but would make patties next time so that the sliders are easier to handle. I used 1/2 lb ground sirloin and 1/4 lb ground pork as that is what I had on-hand, but this seemed more meatball-y anyway. I find burgers a bit boring in general but these are both different and finger-foody enough that I would make them again. I served these with CL Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad.