Monday, May 14, 2012

Low-Point Italian Sausage Sliders

These mouthwatering sliders are a culinary delight! Made with mild Italian sausage and just the right amount of succulent sauce, you will easily see why this recipe will be at the top of your list!


Low-Point Italian Sausage Sliders
Ingredients:
- 1 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbs shallots, finely diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp. oregano (optional)
- 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
- 1 lb. ground mild Italian sausage (or 4, 4 oz. links, casings removed)
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups pasta or marinara sauce (I used Classico Traditional Sweet Basil)
- 12 slider buns or small potato rolls
- Basil leaves
Heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallots to skillet and saute' for about three minutes. Remove and combine shallot mixture, salt, pepper, oregano, ricotta, parsley, panko, sausage, and egg in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 12 little meatballs and press down slightly to flatten. Return skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining two teaspoons olive oil. Add meatballs to skillet and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. Reduce heat to simmer and add marinara sauce. Cover and let simmer for 7 to 8 more minutes (until meat is cooked through). Add a basil leaf to meatball before putting on the top bun. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 12
Serving size - 1
Points per serving - 5.5


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