Thursday, April 14, 2011

Meatball Subs


I have been wanting to make a meatball sub for a while.  I even baked some Oatmeal Brown Ale Rolls to form the buns.  So tasty.  This came together fairly quickly and it turned out to be a nice make ahead meal.  I just piled the meatballs and sauce into a crockpot to keep warm until dinner time.....easy peasy especially when guests are coming over.

Chicken or turkey could be substituted for the lean ground beef of course with no problem.

I think the only change I would make is doubling the red pepper flakes in the sauce....I needed a little more zest.


Meatball Subs

Meatballs:
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
2 egg whites, beaten lightly
1 tbls worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup dried parsley
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup panko

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Roll portion of meat into golf ball sized portions.  Place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once during cooking.

Sauce:
1 sweet onion, diced
1 banana pepper, diced
1 anaheim pepper, diced
1 tbls diced garlic
1 tbls olive oil
2 14oz cans no salt added petite diced tomatoes
6oz tomato paste
1/2 cup spicy ketchup
2 tbls lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbls basil
2 tbls sugar *
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt

In a saucepan, cook oil, peppers, onion, and garlic until onions are translucent.  Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes or so.  Pour sauce into a blender or use an immersion blender to make a smooth sauce.  Mix the sauce and the meatballs together.  Serve on buns with slices of Provolone Mozzarella cheese.

* I just used 2 packs Truvia.

33 comments:

  1. That looks delicious - and the perfect thing to eat in front of the game (it's hockey playoffs now, so game food is in play almost every night for weeks!) Theresa

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  2. I would like to get a bite of that sub haha..
    btw, I see that you used Truvia. I've been wanting to try it, is it any good?

    Malou

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  3. These sound great. The rolls sound really interesting!

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  4. I think I'll sub in some ground turkey and make myself a big sub for dinner, yums!

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  5. This is my ultimate comfort food. I love meatballs. Perfect for a pasta dinner and then a sandwich the next day. Yum!

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  6. I love a good meatball sub! It doesn't get much better than a meatball sub on a crusty, toasted sub roll that is smothered in cheese. This looks awesome!

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  7. Truvia works well in small doses. Sweet and not bitter.

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  8. I have a 14 year old son who just walked by as I was reading this. He paused, looked at the pic and said "Why didn't you make that for me for lunch??" Nicely done!!

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  9. My mouth just water and I am not really hungry..this sounds awesome better than from any sub shop:)

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  10. I tend to forget I have a crockpot until someone mentions using one. Zesty meatballs are great and my meat loving family and I would gobble these up in no time!

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  11. Big cookie, big meatballs... we really like it here!

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  12. I'm all about meatballs. I love em'. This sounds right up my alley!! Cheers!
    *Kelly

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  13. I loooove meatball subs. Im not sure where my deep passion for meatball subs came from since Id never had them until I was well into my teens - but the combo of marinara, meat and carbs... Oooh its amazing.

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  14. I love meatball subs and this one looks and sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing... This will be dinner one night, next week, for sure! :)

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  16. I always go to subway for my meatball sub fix, and I never thought to make my own! Great recipe :)

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  17. This has made me so hungry for a sub for lunch! Oh man.

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  18. Meatball subs are in my top five all time favorite sandwiches. What's not to love? You made me start drooling just thinking about them!!

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  19. there are very few things as comforting as a meatball sub. Mabye as comforting, but definitely not as delicious :)

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  20. Nom, nom, nom...good thing my teen isn't seeing this...I would have to send him to you! Great looking sub! To anyone out there....make the rolls to go with the meatballs....the oatmeal ale rolls are amazing!!

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  21. Love your meatball sub. I always have leftover meatballs that I freeze, but never think to make subs with it. Yumm!
    Thanks for sharing:D

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  22. Love meatballs... and I like your sauce recipe also.. bookmarked it.. thx so much for sharing ^_^

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  23. Looks yummy especially the sauce, wish I can taste them now....

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  24. My husband would lOVE these! Thanks for the recipe,it looks so hearty and delicious!

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  25. Your sauce recipe sounds fantastic! I like how you even baked your own oatmeal brown ale rolls! Um those alone sound awesome!

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  26. mmmmm! I love these sandwiches! That sauce is amazing... and the meatballs are to die for!

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  27. That's my kind of sandwich! YUM! :)
    This looks so wonderfully delicious!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  28. WOW!You reminded me that it has been too long since I've had a meatball sub. This looks fantastic!:)

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  29. OMG!! THAT is a SANDWICH!!! I honestly am drooling...

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  30. This sound great, I am hosting a linky party called Sunday Buffet, Your welcome to add these to the Buffet line! http://deedeesdelights.blogspot.com/p/sunday-buffet.html

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  31. That sub looks delicious! So meaty and tender......ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!

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  32. I have 2 boys and they NEVER stop eating. this recipe is perfect for them, and since they both love to cook also, this is something that we are definitely putting on the menu for next week. Thanks for the inspiration.

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