Just like our pizza donuts recipe, these cheesy, buttery pizza sliders are the perfect (budget-friendly) Friday night supper or game day appetizer – and they are such a crowd-pleaser! Prep the night before or morning of for an even more relaxing Friday night – and while you’re at it, maybe make an extra tray for Saturday, too!
I first shared this cheesy, buttery pizza sandwich casserole on my friend Amanda’s site and have been itching to share it here with you!
Pizza Sliders Recipe
My daycare kids will probably eat just about anything that has pizza in the name (as evidenced by the success of Ella’s pizza donuts and my Chicago-inspired pizza pot pies – amongst the many other pizza-themed recipes found on this site), so I knew that pizza sliders would be the perfect lunch on a recent busy day. (I even doubled the recipe so that I could take a tray with me to Ella’s kindergarten graduation party later that afternoon.)
Like our philly cheesesteak sandwich casserole, these pizza sliders can be prepared the night before and left in the fridge overnight to soak up all that glorious golden butter, but it’s really just as good thrown together half an hour before you dig in! (So do whatever works for you!)
These sliders have all of the same flavors as a pizza but in sandwich form! Customize your level of cheesiness and don’t skimp on the seasonings. (I like to add at least a couple drops of hot sauce to my tomato sauce to make it more flavorful – keep it light and the kids won’t even notice.)
Sandwich casseroles are now my go-to contribution for any potluck event and I always go home with an empty casserole dish.
Plus, you can really customize this one however you’d like with whatever your favorite pizza toppings are: lots of veggies, a variety of different meats, white sauces, etc. You could even go gluten-free or dairy-free (although, I’d rather use a cashew cheese than go completely dairy-free…) You could even do half of the sandwiches with one set of toppings, and a second set of toppings for the other half!
Kids can also help make this recipe – just cut the bread in half for them and then let them have fun mixing and layering on the ingredients! It would be a great family night activity to have everyone make some customized pizza sliders (with ingredients you set out so that things don’t get too crazy… unless you’re okay with that) and then have a taste testing afterwards to try all of the different combinations. You could even form teams and compete for the best tasting pizza sliders. (Maybe have a couple different “titles” prepared so that everyone wins – you can even award “most creative” to the most disgusting creation.)
These pizza sliders are a fun twist on pizza night – and the perfect compromise between pizza or subs for dinner! They are also a great option for parties or tailgating, as they are delicious hot or cold (though I much prefer them hot). My daughter loves when I send along a couple in her lunch box the day after making them (and I don’t mind sneaking in one or two the next day either).
This recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes – here is a quick 1 minute video of me making some Deluxe Pizza Sliders. Check it out and then scroll down to grab the free printable recipe.
Ingredients to Make Pizza Sliders
First, assemble your ingredients:
- 1 package dinner rolls (we used potato rolls)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- Small package pepperoni slices
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons oregano (or Italian seasoning)
Tip: feel free to swap in or add your favorite pizza toppings in this recipe. It’s all about personal taste and enjoyment!
Equipment used to make this recipe:
How to Make Pizza Sliders
Preheat oven to 325F.
My kids loved helping with this recipe – I just cut the bread and let them help with layering on all of the pizza-style toppings!
Apply a generous spread of pizza sauce to the bottom half of the bread.
Top with a generous handful of cheese to encourage the pepperoni (or other toppings) to stay in place.
Cover with a layer of pepperoni – we used lots of pepperoni to ensure that every slice received some.
Place the remaining mozzarella cheese in an even layer over top of the pepperoni and top with the top of the sandwich rolls.
Melt the butter in the microwave, heating for 20 seconds and then stirring to dissolve any milk solids. Pour or brush it on the top of the bread. (Brushing allows you more control and will allow you to use less butter.)
Sprinkle the oregano overtop of the butter and then bake the pizza sliders for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and butter has been fully absorbed, leaving golden sandwich tops.
Cut and serve.
Print your free printable for this pizza sliders recipe here:
Have you tried homemade sliders or sandwich casseroles before? These buttery, cheesy pizza sliders are the perfect option for entertaining or for bringing along to a potluck.