Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Meatball Subs

I am not a huge sandwich fan, but this was sooo good!  Definately a keeper!  (These also work very well for your plain old spaghetti and meatball dinner).

 Meatball Subs
1 - 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, chicken or turkey (I used turkey)
1 large egg
1 tsp. dried onions
1 c. Italian breadcrumbs
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. red pepper
2 tsp. worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Spray a cookie sheet with Pam.
Mix all ingredients with your hands until well blended. 
Form into 12-16 meatballs, and place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 450 for 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce and the carmelized onions:
- you could obviously just use prpared marinara sauce if you wish... and omit the carmelized onions if you aren't an onion lover like me, but I think they make such a wonderful addition!

1 onion, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and salt and pepper.  Stir to coat evenly.  Cook on medium-low heat, stirring occassionally, until unders are tender and carmelized.

For the sauce:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 14oz. can chunky tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, herbs and red pepper.  Let sit for 30 seconds.
Add tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Simmer until meatballs are removed from oven.
Combine meatballs and sauce, covering completely.

Brown subs under broiler.
Place meatballs and sauce in subs over carmelized onions. 
(If you don't have subs: I've used french bread, hamburger buns, and plain old white bread... whatever you have is great).
Top with mozzarella cheese.

Place under broiler until cheese melts and browns slightly.

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