Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Posted by Callies Biscuits on

Meatballs and I have a love-hate relationship. I love the idea of meatballs, but rarely do I come up with a good recipe that includes them - except my mother's of course. Isn’t that always the case?

It's the texture of meatballs that isn't my favorite, and also the reason why I don't love Spaghetti and Meatballs. I'm not a big fan of them being soft and mushy, I would rather have them be crispy - who wants a mushy meatball?

When my good friend, Amy, mentioned that her family regularly enjoys meatball sandwich night, I decided to dig in. This recipe was great to make with my girls. They loved getting their clean hands in that meaty mixture.

Meatball Subs

For the Meatballs:

    - ½ pound ground pork - ½ pound ground beef - ½ pound ground lamb - 3 cloves garlic, minced - ½ white onion, minced - ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes - 6 basil leaves, chopped - 1 egg, lightly beaten - 1 cup fresh bread crumbs, divided - Salt and Pepper to taste - 2 tablespoons bacon grease (or other oil of your choice)


    1. Start with preparing the tomato sauce. Heat the bacon grease in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and stir frequently until soft and golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more, or until you can really smell the garlic. 1. Add the tomatoes and basil (if using) to the pan, and cook over medium heat, at a light simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 1. While the sauce is simmering make the meatballs. In a large bowl mix together the first 8 ingredients. Add ½ cup bread crumbs and incorporate, reserve the remaining ½ cup bread crumbs for rolling. 1. Once fully combined, start rolling the mixture into 1 ½ tablespoon balls. (About the size of a golf ball). Roll each meatball in the remaining ½ cup bread crumbs. 1. Heat a large ovenproof skillet (I prefer cast-iron) to medium-high heat. Sear the meatballs in 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, or oil of your choice, making sure they are just lightly brown on each side. 1. Immediately move the pan to the oven and cook for 20 minutes, making sure to turn the meatballs after 10 minutes so they brown on all sides. Remove from the oven and let rest 5-10 minutes. 1. Turn the oven broiler to high heat. 1. To assemble sub sandwiches, place 3 meatballs, ¼ cup tomato sauce, ¼ cup baby spinach and 2 ounces of mozzarella cheese on each sub bun. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts. Keep a close eye so you don’t burn the sandwiches. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

For the Tomato Sauce:

    - 1 tablespoon bacon grease (or other oil of your choice) - 1 yellow onion, chopped - 2 cloves garlic, minced - 1 (28 oz) can/box good quality chopped tomatoes - 6 basil leaves, chopped (optional)

Sandwich Assembly

    - 4 good quality sub rolls - 1 cup baby spinach, stems removed - 8 oz fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped
"I make my own tomato sauce because it's a cinch and so much tastier. Of course, storebought is fine as well!" ~Carrie