Leveling up Super Bowl Finger Foods

There’s nothing like a good Italian beef sandwich. All the people in my family are devout lovers of Buona Beef (a Chicago classic), so making this recipe really felt like going out on a limb. When I introduced it during a football game, I was actually nervous—and I don’t get nervous! What a relief when people started asking for seconds. Whew!

Level up your Super Bowl finger food with this flavorful recipe so you won’t miss any of the action—or the commercials. Did I mention this recipe is super easy to make?


Add homemade giardiniera for the extra-point kick!

My husband Billy’s Hot Giardiniera recipe is so simple to make and so good that you’re going to want more. This generous giardiniera will ensure that you have plenty to eat, even after the game ends. Did I mention that it’s highly customizable? I love to make a few different versions based on everyone’s olive preferences and spice tolerance.

Yield: Makes 1 Dozen Sliders
French Dip Roast Beef Slider Recipe

French Dip Roast Beef Slider Recipe

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
The combination of sweet onion and spices in this roast beef slider recipe makes these upscale sandwiches. You won’t believe how easy they are to make!


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large, sweet onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 slider buns
  • 1½ pounds thinly sliced roast beef (have the deli slice it for you so it’s extra thin!)
  • 12 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the sliced onion and fresh thyme. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to caramelize (about 15 minutes). Stir in the sugar and balsamic vinegar and continue to cook for several minutes as the onions turn a deeper golden color. Remove the thyme and discard it.
  2. Place the bottom halves of the slider buns on a parchment-lined baking sheet pan. Divide the beef among the bottom buns. Top with a piece of cheese, followed by caramelized onions, and finally the top buns.
  3. Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in a small skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic powder. Brush the tops of the buns with the melted butter. Place the sliders in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and the sliders are warm, about 10 to 15 minutes,
  4. While your sliders are in the oven, make the French dip sauce. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet. Next, add the garlic. Cook for about a minute, stirring constantly, being careful not to brown the garlic. Add the white wine, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and dried thyme. Simmer on medium heat until slightly reduced. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the warm sliders with dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!
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January 27, 2022 — Mary DiSomma