Meatball Sandwiches {David, Here’s Your “Meatball Sammitch”

Meatball Sandwiches {David, Here’s Your “Meatball Sammitch”

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Have you ever eaten a meatball sandwich before? It never really has appealed to me at all. It looks so messy and the bread had to be soggy from the sauce poured onto it… I tried one last week for the first time. You know what? It was GOOD! So good that I just had to share the recipe for these meatball sandwiches I made for David.

Ever since I made the Killer Meatballs, David has been practically begging me to make them for meatball sandwiches. Having not been too keen about the whole meatball sandwich idea, I drug my feet. After he suggested “make us some meatball sammitches” for the hundredth time, I decided I would make the damn sandwich to shut him up! I mean really, just because I made him a meatball sandwich, didn’t mean I had to eat one. I could just pour them over some good old-fashioned pasta instead. So last week, David got his “meatball sammitch”.

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Juicy oven-baked meatballs filled with Italian herbs and ricotta cheese simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, then placed onto a hoagie bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. You’ll love this recipe too. 

Here’s how I made them:

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Soak the bread in the milk in a medium bowl, set aside.

In a separate bowl, add the beef with the shallots, garlic, ricotta, parsley, basil, Parmesan, salt, and egg. After the bread has soaked up the milk, remove it from the bowl and ring out the remaining liquid, and discard (or give it to your cat). Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Form the meat mixture into 2-inch balls using a scoop to mold each one uniformly. Place them on a broiling pan and bake, until golden on the outside (about 20 to 30 minutes).

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com

While the meatballs are baking, add crushed tomatoes, sauce and spices to a large dutch oven or pot and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.

When the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce. Cover and simmer for no less than 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking, slice hoagie rolls open, leaving a hinge. Bake the rolls at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes or until heated through.

Remove bread from the oven. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese onto the inside of the warmed hoagie roll; spoon 3 to 4 meatballs per roll, depending on the size of your rolls. Ladle over some sauce and top with more mozzarella cheese. Serve with extra sauce and parmesan cheese if desired.

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com

So it turns out, I do like meatball sandwiches, I just had to make them myself. It also turned out that we had some meatballs and sauce left over and decided to finish it off on top of some fettuccine the next day for supper. So, not only did I get a tasty sandwich, but I also got my pasta.

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Perhaps it will be a while before David begs me for meatball sandwiches again. I can only hope…

p.s. Read more about how a scoop is a useful tool in the kitchen. Click HERE!

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Meatball Sandwiches

These Meatball Sandwiches have juicy meatballs simmered in thick warm marinara sauce, placed onto a bun, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Hoagie, Itailan Meatballs, sandwiches
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 947kcal

Ingredients

The Meatballs:

  • 1 ½ cups day-old bread diced
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 pound ground beef (Chuck - 80/20)
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg

The Sauce:

  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

The Sandwiches:

  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Soak the bread in the milk in a medium bowl, set aside. In a separate bowl, add the beef with the shallots, garlic, ricotta, parsley, basil, Parmesan, salt, and egg. After the bread has soaked up the milk, remove it from the bowl and ring out the remaining liquid, and discard. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. 
    Form the meat mixture into 2-inch balls using a scoop to mold each one uniformly. Place them on a broiling pan and bake, until golden on the outside (about 20-30 minutes). 
  • Add crushed tomatoes, sauce and spices to a large dutch oven or pot and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. 
  • Add cooked meatballs to the sauce. Cover and simmer for no less than 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • During the last 10 minutes of cooking, preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Slice hoagie rolls open, leaving a hinge. Bake the rolls at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes or until heated through. 
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese onto the inside warm hoagie rolls. Spoon 3-4 meatballs per roll, depending on the size of your rolls. Ladle over some sauce and top with more mozzarella cheese. 
    Serve with extra sauce and parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 947kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 2502mg | Potassium: 1537mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3260IU | Vitamin C: 51.4mg | Calcium: 726mg | Iron: 19.6mg
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