Pizza pull-apart sliders

We learned about this ingenious trick from our 8-year-old’s friend’s parents: when they have a gathering of kids and need to feed them, they take a package of Hawaiian sweet rolls, slice the rolls through the middle while they’re all still attached to each other, and open up the two big halves. Then they spread PB&J across the bottom half, reassemble the two halves, and kids pull off the tasty little sandwiches one by one.

Aside from slicing open the bunch of rolls, this is a super-easy recipe for kids to help make. While PB&J is always great, we thought we’d do something a little different, combining kids’ love of sandos with their love of pizza. Voilà: pizza sliders. And now that you know this ingenious trick too, you and your co-chef can come up with your own creative fillings as well.

PS: If you want to get super-fancy, forgo the store-bought rolls and make your own pull-apart rolls.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Serves 24 sandwiches


  • 24 pull-apart rolls, still attached See note above
  • 1 28 oz jar marinara
  • 1 lb shredded mozzarella or blend of cheeses
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.
  • With a long serrated (bread) knife, cut carefully through the middle of the rolls.
    slicing through rolls
  • Separate the top half of the rolls from the bottom half.
  • Place the bottom half on the baking sheet, cut side up.
  • Sprinkle half the cheese over the bottom half of the rolls, covering evenly.
  • Pour the marinara carefully over the bottom half of the rolls. Using a spatula or spoon, spread the sauce evenly over the rolls, taking care not to let the sauce drip over the sides of the rolls.
  • Sprinkle the herbs evenly over the marinara, then top with the remaining cheese.
  • Place the top half of the rolls on top of the bottom half, cut side down.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese has melted.
  • If you’re taking the sliders to the party, slide them off the parchment or silicone mat onto a cool rimmed baking sheet or tray and travel with them uncovered so they don’t get soggy. Otherwise slide them onto a cooling rack, let cool completely, then transfer to a rimmed sheet to transport to the party.

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