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Grinder Sandwich Sliders

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August 8, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

These crowd-pleasing grinder sandwich sliders feature all the tasty ingredients & flavors of the famous Italian Grinder, in mini form!

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What Makes This Recipe Great

The Italian Grinder Sandwich is all the rage these days, and there is good reason for it! This famous sandwich is packed with delicious meats, provolone cheese, fresh veggies, and a delicious creamy dressing.

Since I love feeding a crowd, especially during this fun summer season full of gatherings and BBQs, I decided to make grinder sandwich sliders, the perfect shareable sandwich so everyone can get in on the trend!

These mini sliders are made with Hawaiian rolls, garlic butter, and all the fillings of the standard Italian grinder. You’ll want to make a double batch because they are that good!

Recipe Highlights

  • Easy, 20-Minute Recipe!
  • Perfect Appetizer, Lunch, or Entree!
  • Yields 24 Sliders- Enough to feed a crowd!

Ingredient Notes

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Grinder Sandwich Sliders

*See recipe card for full list of ingredients*

Bread: For this recipe, I used Hawaiian Rolls which crisp up so nicely but still have the perfect pillowy bread texture.

Meat: For these sliders, I used pepperoni, salami, and ham, but if you have something else on hand, use that! Prosciutto is another option that would work great!

Cheese: Italian sandwiches go so well with provolone cheese, which is what I used, but you can swap it for your favorite- it’ll still be great!

Grinder Salad/Dressing

Mayo: Use your favorite brand or make my homemade 60-second mayo!

Dressing: red wine vinegar, olive oil, pepperoncini juice (use this straight from the jar of pepperoncinis).

Veggies: The grinder salad aspect of this recipe calls for shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, red onion, and pepperoncini- so delicious!

Spices: Italian seasoning, salt, pepper.

Garlic Butter

To make the garlic butter you’ll just need three ingredients: melted butter, minced garlic cloves, and Italian seasoning. You can omit this step if you’d like, but it adds tons of amazing flavor!

Recipe Step by Step

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl add the mayo, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lettuce, pepperoncini’s and juice, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and onion slices. Mix together until combined.
  3. Cut the rolls in half and lay down the provolone cheese slices, ham slices followed by salami slices, and then pepperoni slices. Add the bread on top.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and garlic and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Brush the top of the bread rolls with the butter mixture
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10-12 minutes or until the top is brown.
  6. Remove the top layer of bread and add the salad mixture after the sandwiches have cooked.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Mac’s Pro Tips

How to Serve: Serve warm with your favorite sides and enjoy! If you’re planning to bring these as an appetizer, or have a larger crowd, double the recipe to make enough for everyone!

Storage: These are a bit tricky to store because half of the ingredients are cold and half is hot. If you do want to save them, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eating the leftovers cold.

Sides: The options are endless! Some of my favorite sides: No Egg Potato Salad, Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or your favorite bag of potato chips! You really can’t go wrong.

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Recipe FAQs

Grinder Sandwich Sliders: FAQs

Why is it called a “grinder sandwich”?

There’s much debate as to exactly why this grinder sandwich is called a grinder, but two things are for sure: it originated on the East Coast, and it contains hot ingredients (whereas a sub contains cold ingredients!).

Can I make a keto version of this recipe?

Actually, yes! If you eliminate the bread from the recipe and fill a bowl with the salad, dressing, veggies, meat, and cheese, you have yourself a keto-friendly Italian grinder sandwich bowl!

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Grinder Sandwich Sliders

These crowd-pleasing grinder sandwich sliders feature all the tasty ingredients & flavors of the famous Italian Grinder, in mini form!

  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 24 sliders 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Sliders

  • 1 24-pack Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1214 slices pepperonis
  • 1214 sliced tomatoes
  • 1214 slices salami
  • 1214 slices of ham
  • 1214 slices of provolone

Salad/Dressing

  • 1 14 oz bag shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1/3 cup pepperoncinis
  • 1 tablespoon pepperoncini juice
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Garlic Butter

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl add the mayo, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lettuce, pepperoncini’s and juice, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and onion slices. Mix together until combined.
  3. Cut the rolls in half and lay down the provolone cheese slices, ham slices followed by salami slices, and then pepperoni slices. Add the bread on top.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and garlic and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Brush the top of the bread rolls with the butter mixture
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10-12 minutes or until the top is brown.
  6. Remove the top layer of bread and add the salad mixture after the sandwiches have cooked.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

How to Serve: Serve warm with your favorite sides and enjoy! If you’re planning to bring these as an appetizer, or have a larger crowd, double the recipe to make enough for everyone!

Storage: These are a bit tricky to store because half of the ingredients are cold and half is hot. If you do want to save them, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eating the leftovers cold.

Sides: The options are endless! Some of my favorite sides: No Egg Potato Salad, Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or your favorite bag of potato chips! You really can’t go wrong.

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish/Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: grinder sandwich, sliders


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!