Sliding Into the New Year
I love terrible puns. Yes, we are SLIDING into the new year with these meatball sliders. Roll your eyes, it’s okay. It is lame, but I love lame puns. I’ve never loved meatballs, but my challenge to myself for the new year is to try to cook more. Sure, I bake a lot, but I don’t do a lot of cooking. So, yesterday I knew I wanted to be creative. We are currently a little bit broke as we’re moving soon and it is the beginning of the month, so my options were limited. And then they popped into my head. BBQ Meatball Sliders. And thus I was off! But wait, we were out of bread. So I nixed the idea and quickly came back to it. I am going to make my OWN bread. And gosh darn it, I did! These guys are fluffy and light and soft and pillowy. Almost a biscuit/bun/roll hybrid. And they are super easy. THREE ingredients (if you have self rising flour, otherwise it’s a couple more). Easy peasy.
Meatball Sliders Mania
As I said, I’ve never loved meatballs. Zach makes a mean Swedish Meatball Dinner, but that’s about it. I don’t like pasta with meatballs. I never liked meatball parms. I just don’t like them. But I love these. They can be easily customized to what you have in your pantry. Add what spices you like. Add the cheese inside the meatballs. I used Toffuti brand cheese slices. They taste pretty much exactly like Kraft slices. I am not being paid to tell you about Toffuti either. I just really love their stuff. Their cream cheese is great in Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake, too! Anyways, as I was saying, these guys are easy and customizable. You could even use beans other than black beans. Let me know what you try!
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tbsp vegan mayo
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 15oz can Black Beans, drained and mashed
- 4 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 flax egg
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If not using a non stick pan, grease your pan.
- Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and roll into dough balls approximately half the size of your palm.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.
- Smash the black beans
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly, adding more breadcrumbs if you need.
- Form the mixture into balls, slightly smaller than your rolls.
- Heat oil, I used vegetable oil, in a frying pan and add the meatballs so they become crispy.
- Flip them over when crispy.
- When crispy on both sides, add a half a tablespoon of BBQ sauce right on top of the meatballs, rolling them around to coat them and continue to fry until coated.
- Slice your rolls and add a meatball and add a little more BBQ sauce, Toffuti Cheese, or whatever else you would like.