Meatloaf Sliders

UT Tailgate-Meatloaf Sliders with poppy seed

Make ahead meatloaf cut into square to fit dinner rolls. Best to assemble the morning of the tailgate or entertaining event. Keep chilled until serving.


24 Sister Schubert Dinner Rolls-

Meatloaf Sliders

1 pound ground sirloin

1 pound ground chuck

1 cup cubes country bread with crust

1 cup milk (for soaking bread)

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

½ medium Vidalia onion, cut into chunks

2 medium celery stalks, cut into chunks

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 can diced basil, garlic tomatoes-drained

1 ½ teaspoons salt and pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons olive oil

Glaze with Spicy Balsamic Pepper Ketchup*

*2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

¼ cup minced onion

1 can rotel, drained and pureed

1 can diced tomato, with garlic and basil, drained and pureed

¼ teaspoon thyme

1 cup ketchup

½ teaspoon black pepper

Making glaze:

  1. In food processor fitted with blade, puree tomatoes and Rotel.
  2. In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and simmer until thickened.  Cover and chill.  Can be made -ahead up to 2 weeks.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line 9 x 13 pan with Reynolds oven bake parchment. Set aside.
  3. In small bowl, pour milk over bread cubes. Soak bread until soft, squeeze bread to remove excess milk.
  4. Place bread into large mixing bowl.
  5. With a food processor and steel blade, process carrots, celery and onion until finely ground.
  6. Add this mixture to the bread, add all remaining ingredients.
  7. Using hands form loaf into a 2 inch thick oblong loaf.
  8. Place in 9 x 13 inch pan.  Top with glaze.
  9. Bake one hour and 15 minutes.  Let rest in pan 10 minutes before removing from pan and cutting into 2 inch squares.

To assemble: Heat Sister Schubert rolls as directed. Slice in half, place 2 x 2 inch slice of meatloaf on roll. Top with Poppy Seed Slaw if desired.  Garnish with pickle and cherry tomato pick.


Tailgating Tip: Bake rolls ahead and slice in half.  Wrap baked meatloaf squares in aluminum foil and store in refrigerator or cooler with a lot of ice.  Package slaw in separate container-refrigerate. At the tailgate, grill the meatloaf to reheat, and assemble sandwich as desired.


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