Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders came to me in a dream. Just kidding! But, I was brainstorming how to use my adorable Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs and Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders made the list. Once you’ve made a batch of my delicious Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs, the possibilities are endless (that’s a clue – this isn’t the last post using my Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs!).
At this angle, which is slightly eye level instead of an overhead shot like the first one, you can see the layers on my Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders. I used a small-sized hamburger bun (not a specialty slider bun) and cut it out with my 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ heart-shaped cookie cutter. This is the same one I used to make my Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs.
NOTE: cut out the heart-shape from your hamburger bun separately through each half of the bun. Turn the bun inside face up and cut out the shape. Don’t cut it out from the top of the bun or you’ll mangle the bun. I know…I did that first! By cutting from the inside, you’ll avoid cracking the top of the bun!
In the close-up of my Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders, you can see the “layers”, from bottom to top, that make up this delicious bite of heaven:
- Bottom bun slathered with both mayonnaise and Dijon mustard
- Sweetheart Turkey Meatball
- Sweetheart Strawberry Chutney
- Provolone cheese cut heart-shaped, too
- Top bun slathered with mayo!
If you want your bun to have less bread (because it’s not made for a slider), carefully slice each thinner using a serrated-edged knife. What to do with all those leftover bun pieces? Save them to make breadcrumbs, bread pudding or to feed the Coots!
These literally take minutes once you’ve made the Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs and the Sweetheart Strawberry Chutney. This is a great, fun dish to serve at a Valentine’s Day gathering. Both the meatballs and chutney can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator PLUS the buns can be cut out ahead of time and stored in plastic bags in your pantry (don’t refrigerate the buns; it will dry them out. But, you CAN freeze them and then defrost them in the bag on your countertop). Then, on party day, just assemble them, stick a long frilly red toothpick in them to hold them together and watch them disappear as your guests devour them!
Here’s a collage to pin to your Pinterest board…thanks for sharing! Don’t have a skinny, rectangle serving platter for your Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders? Here’s a set from Sur La Table on Amazon (a much better deal then mine, because I only have this small one that’s about 10″ long and this set includes 3 different sizes!):
Here’s a link to these platters on Amazon: Sur La Table Rectangular Platters.
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Don’t have heart-shaped cookie cutters? Here’s the set I have, that made these adorable Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders, made by Fox Run and available on Amazon:
The one used to cut-out the buns on my Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders and to make the Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs is the second to the smallest and measures 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″. Here’s a link to these cookie cutters on Amazon: Fox Run Heart Cookie Cutter Set.
Here’s the recipe for my Sweetheart Turkey Meatball Sliders:
- Make Sweetheart Turkey Meatballs.
- Make Sweetheart Strawberry Chutney.
- Using 2¼" heart-shaped cookie cutter, open buns and cut out heart shapes from the inside of each bun (don't cut from the top side of bun or you will mangle and crack the bun).
- Spread mayonnaise on both the top and bottom of each bun.
- Spread Dijon mustard over mayonnaise on bottom buns only.
- Top each with a Sweetheart Turkey Meatball.
- Top each meatball with a tablespoon of Sweetheart Strawberry Chutney.
- Cut out 2 heart shapes from each slice of Provolone cheese and place on top of chutney on each slider.
- Place top bun in position on each and skewer with a long, red frilled toothpick.
- Spread arugula on platter and place each slider on top of arugula.
Here are links to the recipes needed to make these sliders (plus one about the Coots!):