These savory little Cilantro-Citrus Aioli Cuban Sliders are perfect hand warmers for a cool autumn tailgate. These baked small bites pack a powerful flavor punch that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
We’re headed to watch the home team play this weekend and I’ll bring my crowd-pleasing game day Baked Cuban Sliders. These savory little sandwiches are perfect hand warmers for a cool autumn tailgate. These Cilantro-Citrus Aioli Cuban Sliders also make perfect lunchbox fare and satisfy for an easy weeknight dinner.
I love how quickly these come together and have the full flavors of hours spent in the kitchen. Cilantro-citrus aioli is the secret sauce in these baked sliders that sets them apart from the rest.
Double up the Cilantro-Citrus Aioli recipe and serve as a veggie dip at your game day gathering! Be sure to taste test as you go along. I always roll a slice of hot capicola in Swiss cheese for a mid-recipe snack.
Of course a one-pan recipe that you can prep easily, pop in the oven, and transport to any game day pot luck is always a winning strategy! I love changing up the ingredients to these one-pan sliders. Try alternatives like roast beef, cheddar, and an au jus aioli; or a vegetarian-lovers Caprese slider with mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and pesto.
Cilantro-Citrus Aioli Cuban Sliders
Use this game day Baked Cuban Sliders recipe to reinvent leftover ham or pulled pork dinners. You can substitute the hot capicola that I have used in this recipe with slow cooker pulled pork. I’ve used hot capicola, or coppa, that’s been cured and rubbed with paprika. Capicola has been described as a mix between prosciutto and sausage for its nice flavor and great texture like prosciutto. Using the spicy coppa here gives these sliders another level of flavor.
Game day fans will love the buttered toasty top to the sliders. Brush melted butter mixed with a little Dijon mustard on top just before baking. Then you uncover them for the last 10 to 15 minutes in the oven.
- 1 package sweet dinner rolls (16 rolls in standard package)
- 8 slices ham
- 8 slices hot capicola (aka coppa)
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 8 slices dill pickles
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- Juice from 1 orange
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Butter a 9" inch square baking pan.
- Slice dinner rolls lengthwise, keeping tops and bottoms connected.
- Layer ham, hot capicola, swiss cheese, and pickles on bottom layer.
- Blend cilantro, orange juice, mayonnaise, 2 tbsp Dijon mustard, garlic, and cumin to make the dressing. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Slather cut side of top rolls with Cilantro Aioli. Place cut side down on bottom buns.
- Whisk melted butter with remaining 1 tbsp Dijon mustard and brush onto top of sliders.
- Bake covered for 10 minutes.
- Remove cover and bake another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and top of sliders are browned.
Home Chef Tip: If you can't find hot capicola or prefer a more mild flavor, replace the hot capicola with sliced turkey or pulled pork.
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