Hi all! A few weeks ago I made tomato gravy with meatballs, and as usual, I had some sauce and meatballs left over to go in the freezer. This time I didn’t have as much sauce as I thought I would, so I knew these meatballs were destined to become meatball subs. They fufilled their predetermined fate this evening after Michigan gave my husband a heart-attack and came back to beat Michigan State. Go Blue!
I know this might seem like a no brainer to many well-accomplished chefs… but sometimes I think we all need a reminder that a meatball sub can be a good use of leftovers. I have also been known to put them on top of a make at home pizza. Yum…
My meatballs will never be on par with Mom’s, but Jason likes them well enough.
Here is my round-about recipe for meatballs:
- 2 lbs ground meat (this can be all beef, or a mix of beef, veal and pork)
- a little splash of red wine (optional)
- about 2 tbsp of italian spice mix
- about 2 tbsp dehydrated onions
- about 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- garlic salt to taste
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- dried or fresh bread crumbs; see below
Mix the ground meat and the next 6 ingredients. Break up the egg in a small bowl, then add that to the meat mixture. Add enough breadcrumbs until the mixture isn’t slimy (gross but true). Form into balls and bake in a 350 degree oven until no longer pink on the outside. Transfer the meatballs into a simmering pot of tomato sauce, homemade or store bought (You aren’t getting my recipe for tomato sauce). Cook for at least 30 to 40 minutes.
To make this fast on gameday, you could always buy the frozen meatballs (blasphemy!), and then cook them in jarred sauce (more blasphemy!). Then put them into a nice hoagie roll, top with lots of mozzarella, then some parmesan, then wrap in foil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. For parties, you could keep the meatballs and sauce warm in a crock pot while the game is on, and just have the fixin’s ready for whenever people want them.
The result is really good with chips, a pickle and a beer.