I made Hawaiian Roll Cheesy Meatball Sliders and had some rolls leftover. What better way to use them up than these Cheesy Goetta Bacon Melts?!
I’m pretty certain goetta (pronounced “get-ah”) is a Cincinnati thing.
It originally is a German type pork sausage.
And when so many Germans immigrated to the Cincinnati area, they brough goetta with them 🙂
It’s a very popular breakfast item and delicious served as a fried, crisp patty.
And in my opinion, extra yummy drizzled with syrup and hot sauce.
But on restaurant menus near me, you see it as a pizza topping, loaded goetta fries, in omelets and quesadillas…we just LOVE it 🙂
How to Make Cheesy Goetta Bacon Melts
I have a pound of goetta that I got in a roll, making for the perfect size patties for the Hawaiian rolls that I had leftover.
And some bacon and provolone cheese.
First make the bacon and goetta, this was done in a few batches so be patient.
I cut the slices of bacon in half and cooked them in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
You could also fry it in a skillet if you don’t have an air fryer.
While the bacon cooks, slice the roll of goetta into 10 pieces.
Then set a skillet over medium heat and once hot, add a drizzle of olive oil and a few goetta patties.
The key to goetta is leaving it alone as it cooks.
Leave it at least 4 minutes before flipping to allow time for a crisp crust to form, holding it together.
If you flip too early, it can fall apart.
Press down ever so slightly with a spatula making them thinner and to create the gorgeous crispy edges.
Then leave them alone for another 4 minutes or so.
When the bacon and goetta are cooked, you can make the sliders.
Start by slicing the rolls in half, add a half slice of provolone cheese, and a slice of goetta.
I added some hot sauce and syrup on my goetta, it’s super good and highly recommended!
Next up place two half slices of bacon over the goetta.
I placed mine in an X 🙂
Another half slice of cheese and the top bun and we head to the panini press.
Set the panini press to medium and once hot, add a few of the sliders.
Press down slightly to smash them.
They only take a minute or two.
Really just enough time to slightly toast the bread and melt the cheese.
Oh…and you get crispy cheese!!!
The cheese melts onto the panini press and that may have been one of my favorite parts!
Cheesy Goetta Bacon Melts were quite popular with the whole family as we watched Sunday football!
If making them for a game day snack like I did, you can have all the meat cooked and assemble the paninis right before serving.
They could be breakfast or dinner or a party snack.
So unique and an extra special treat for sure 🙂
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Cheesy Goetta Bacon Melts
Cheesy Goetta Bacon Melts have crispy goetta and bacon with cheese and melted to perfection on a panini press on King's Hawaiian rolls
- 10 slices bacon
- 1 pound goetta (mine came in a roll)
- olive oil
- 10 slices provolone cheese
- 10 slider rolls (I used King's Hawaiian rolls)
- Optional: hot sauce, maple syrup
Slice the bacon strips in half and cook in a skillet over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, flipping halfway through or in an air fryer set to 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
After cooking place them on paper towels.
Cut the goetta into 10 slices. I had a roll so my slices were round. Set a skillet over medium heat and add a little olive oil. Cook the goetta slices, a few at a time, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining goetta patties.
Note: Goetta is very delicate, so allow the full 4 to 5 minutes before flipping, flipping too early can cause it to fall apart.
Cut the cheese slices in half and slice the slider rolls. To assemble each slider place half a slice of cheese, a slice of goetta (drizzle some hot sauce and maple syrup on the goetta if desired), two half slices of bacon, place another half slice cheese and the top slider roll.
Set the panini press to medium and place a few sliders in the panini press for 2 minutes or until the bread is toasty and cheese is melty.