Italian Sausage Sliders with Goat Cheese

Sliders can make a great snack or meal for any occasion. You can spruce them up with fresh herbs and cheese. They don’t have to be a square-shaped, salty piece of meat with processed cheese.

This recipe came to me when I was wondering what to do with extra Italian sausages in my fridge. My house has always loved burgers/sliders, and I just knew Italian sliders would go very well.

I had extra sun-dried tomatoes and basil that I threw into the meat, and I bought a small log of goat cheese to top the little patties. The total costs were about $13 for six delicious sliders. All the flavors and textures complemented each other beautifully.

Ingredients for 2 (6 sliders):

  • 3 Italian sausage links OR ¾ pound ground Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 – 4 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 – 5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 6 basil leaves, whole for topping
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoons of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 6 rolls

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the meat, combine the meat, garlic, tomatoes, chopped basil, cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well. And divide into 6 portions and shape into mini-patties. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, and take out 10 minutes before cooking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Cook for 4 minutes each sides, then transfer to a baking pan. Top with goat cheese crumbles, cover and bake for 5 minutes.

Add the rolls into the oven during the last 2 minutes.

Top each patty with a basil leaf and serve immediately on the hot rolls.

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