Saturday, January 25, 2014

♥ Homemade Meatball Subs

Sometimes I like to make meatballs ahead of time so that I can use them for spaghetti and other pasta dishes. Today I made Meatball Subs. Sometimes I like to just serve them with rice and call it a meal. 

Meatball Subs

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 pound ground beef
3/4 pound ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 large eggs
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon of milk

Marinara Sauce (or use your favorite store bought brand)

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes, with their juices
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

For the sauce: In a large pot, warm the olive oil at low heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the basil. Pour in the tomatoes with their juices, bring the sauce to a boil, and then add the salt. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour. The sauce will thicken as it simmers. At the end of cooking time, stir in the balsamic vinegar.

For the meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the pork and beef along with garlic, bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, a couple of grinds of pepper and milk. Mix together well with hands. Roll into 1 and 1/2-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Place the meatballs into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm them up slightly.

Heat a olive oil and butter in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, turning to brown all sides. They do not need to be cooked through. Add the meatballs and marinara sauce and stir gently. Heat over medium heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring very gently a couple of times during simmering.  Serve meatballs and marinara sauce into stuffed toasted sub rolls. Add Mozzarella or Provolone cheese on top and toast until rolls are warm and toast and cheese is melted.

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