Game Day Sliders embrace all your favorite game day favorites all at once! How? Well, they load the sweet Hawaiian rolls (brushed with butter, mustard, and honey for an extra flavor kick) with mac and cheese AND pulled pork! Seriously! Homemade creamy, cheesy mac and cheese with juicy, tender, and savory pulled pork, all snuggled together on one bun at last! Game Day Sliders are a touchdown, a slam dunk, a home run… it’s a success regardless of what game is on!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cavatappi pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons, melted, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (18-ounce) package Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 (16-ounce) carton, refrigerated shredded pork, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, optional, sliced, for topping

Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 3 –Cook the pasta to al dente, according to the package directions.

Step 4 –In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the softened butter.

Step 5 –Add the flour and the pepper and stir until smooth.

Step 6 –Gradually whisk in the milk.

Step 7 –Bring the milk mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.

Step 8 –Cook and stir the milk mixture until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 9 –Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.

Step 10 –Drain the pasta and stir it into the cheese sauce.

Step 11 –Set the mac and cheese aside.

Step 12 –Without separating the Hawaiian rolls, cut the connected rolls in half horizontally.

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Step 13 –Arrange the still-connected bottom halves of the rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Step 14 –Layer the pork and the mac and cheese on top of the bottom roll layer.

Step 15 –Replace the top halves of the rolls, creating essentially a giant sandwich.

Step 16 –Combine 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, the honey, and the ground mustard.

Step 17 –Brush the melted butter mixture on the roll tops.

Step 18 –Bake until the tops of the rolls are golden-brown and the filling is hot, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 19 –Top with the jalapeño slices and serve.