Make Ahead Pepperoni Pizza Sliders are every bit as good as traditional pizza, but you guys…you don’t have to fuss with making crust! These babies have layers of gooey cheese and pepperoni piled on rolls, then the best part is that crispy parmesan crust on top! Make a big batch so you’ll have plenty of extras to freeze for later!
How many Pepperoni Pizza Sliders would you let your child eat in one month?
I bet I allow my middle child, Branson, to eat more than you think possible! That’s because he packs them in his school lunches several times a week. And you know what? I’m totally okay with it because they are so much more exciting than a boring old PB&J.
When you are a farm boy that was ripped away from everything you love and stuck in a classroom all day, you at least deserve something you love for lunch! Pepperoni Pizza Sliders is what he loves! Besides that they have to be better for him than eating at the cafateria!
Make ahead sliders are a game changer too. Keeping a stash of them in the freezer all the time makes packing lunches as quick and easy as grabbing a slider and throwing it in his lunchbox!
NOTE: This post was originally posted in 2016. The story and photos were updated in 2018 and a video was added.
What’s are sliders?
Sliders are cute little versions of sandwiches. Most of the time they are served warm, cooked either in the oven or on the grill. I love flexibility!
Usually sliders are made from rolls, but really you can use type of bread you’d like. The options are endless; croissants, Hawaiian rolls, mini buns, English muffins, etc.
Most of the time sliders involve gooey cheese (check out my Dairy Farmer’s Wife’s Cheese Guide to make that super easy), and some kind of buttery and seasoned concoction brushed on top. As they bake the tops get golden brown and amazing things happen inside!
Can I make sliders ahead of time?
Yes! You don’t even know how happy it makes me that sliders can be made ahead of time! It’s a life saver! Make ahead meals are what makes my life doable!
Here’s what you need to do. Assemble the sliders and stick them in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. When it’s time for lunch or dinner, take them out of the fridge and pop them in the oven until the tops are golden brown and the insides are gooey.
If the tops start to get a little too brown cover them with foil while the insides get cooked through. If you’ve sprinkled cheese on top of the sliders be sure to spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the foil from sticking to the cheese.
Can I freeze sliders? How do I freeze sliders?
Another awesome YES!
Assemble sliders, then bake them. Let them cool for a little bit. Then put them in a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer.
When you are ready to eat the sliders take them out of the freezer. I typically let them sit in the frige overnight because I send them to school with my kids. Microwave them for about 20-30 seconds depending on your microwave.
If want to microwave the sliders straight from the freezer you’ll need to microwave them a little longer.
I’ve never tried assembling the sliders, then freezing them before baking them. I assume you can do that although the pizza sauce might make the rolls a little soggy. I would remove them from the freezer and let them sit until they were thawed, then bake as the recipe instructs. Like I said, I’ve never tried that method before though!
How many sliders can I make at once?
I’ve literally made these sliders a thousand times! Rarely do I only make enough for one meal, although it can easily be done. Heck you could adjust the ingredients just a little and make one single slider. What an easy single serving meal.
Most of the time I make enough to feed and army, we’re talking a several cookie sheets of sliders at a time! They’re perfect for feeding to a crowd, or like I said you can always freeze them for later. Never underestimate how many sliders three boys will eat in one setting either! All I’m saying is make lots!
What other varieties of sliders can I make?
One of my favorite things about sliders is that you can throw pretty much anything on a roll, top it with cheese, bake it up, and call it a slider! Oh, and of course the fact that they can be made ahead is my very favorite get dinner on the table hack!
Check out these other sliders that we absolutley love!
- Breakfast Egg and Cheese Sliders
- Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Easy Spaghetti Sliders
- Turkey Cranberry Sliders
- Wrangler Roast Beef
- Hotdog Sliders
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Sliders (dessert sliders are amazing)
Grab the Pepperoni Pizza Sliders recipe!
When you live too far away for pizza delivery Pepperoni Pizza Sliders are pretty darn good!
- Rolls (I actually use bake frozen rolls and use those most of the time.)
- Pizza sauce or marinara sauce
- Pepperoni slices
- Grated, or sliced mozzarella cheese
- Olives, peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage, etc. (optional toppings)
- ¼ c. butter
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 T. Parmesan cheese
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut rolls in half. Set bottom halves in a greased baking pan.
- Spread pizza, or marinara sauce on the rolls in the pan.
- Sprinkle a layer of grated cheese or a slice of cheese over marinara.
- Layer pepperoni slices over cheese.
- Add another layer of cheese.
- Add the top parts of the rolls.
- Melt butter. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, and a little salt. Stir to combine.
- Brush over the tops of the sliders.
- You can either refrigerate at this point or bake.
- If you are baking immediately, bake for about 10 minutes. You want the insides to be nice and gooey and the tops to be golden brown. If the rolls get too brown before the insides are baked, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking until insides are melted.
- If you are baking later, cover sliders with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for about 10 more minutes. If cheese still isn’t melted and the tops are golden brown, recover with aluminum foil and bake a little longer.