Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meatball Sandwiches

My husband loves meatball sandwiches, but I have never been brave enough to make them. I don't know why they seem easy enough. So I got brave and they were really good. I'm still on a perfect meatball mission though. Also you can use frozen meatballs for this if its easier for you. This makes 12 to 14 meatballs and I used 3 per sandwich.

1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 tablespoon chopped fresh italian parsley
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes(optional)
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 jar spaghetti sauce or 2 1/2 cups homemade spaghetti sauce
french rolls
provolone cheese

Make It:
Mix meat, bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons basil, garlic, italian seasoning, parsley and red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Once combined, whip egg a little and pour into meat mixture. Stir to combine, I use my hands to get the mixture completely combined. I use a small ice cream scoop to measure mixture, into 1 1/2 ounce meatballs, roll them into a ball in the palm of your hand. Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add vegetable oil to pan. Add meatballs to pan, don't overcrowd. Brown meatballs on all sides, then place in bottom of crock pot. Once you have done all the meatballs, pour sauce over meatballs, and stir. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  In last 1/2 hour of cooking add the 3rd tablespoon of basil. Turn broiler on low. Take each roll, open it up pour in 3 meatballs and some sauce, place two slices of provolone over top, place on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Repeat with all sandwiches. Enjoy!