Crazy Good Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Crazy Good Meatball Sub Sandwiches


    For the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
    For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes – (28 oz)
  • 1 can chunky style crushed tomatoes – (14 oz)
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 semolina crusty sub rolls
  • (with or without sesame seeds)10 ounces shredded provolone or Italian 4–cheese blend
  • Shredded basil (sweet) or shredded arugula (spicy) leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place ground sirloin in a large mixing bowl and punch a well into the center of meat. Fill well with the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Mix up meatball ingredients until well combined, yet not over-mixed. Divide mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and space equally onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven and roast about 12 minutes. Break a meatball open and make sure meat is cooked through before removing from the oven.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When garlic starts sizzling, add herbs and crushed pepper. Allow oil to infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are removed from oven.
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce and pile into sub rolls, 4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place subs under broiler to melt cheese. Top with shredded basil or arugula and serve with a pile of Oven Fries.

Recipe and Photo: Foodista / CC BY


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