Mini Meatball Subs

Recipe created by Jenn's Food Journey
makes about 40 - 3/4" to 1" meatballs

Ingredients:
For the meatballs:
1 lbs. ground sirloin
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs, plain or seasoned - your choice
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the subs:
Marinara sauce - store bought or homemade (see below for a speedy homemade sauce)
4 deli rolls (I like to toast mine, they get less soggy from the sauce that way)
Shredded mozzarella cheese (how much depends on how cheesy you want your sub)


Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs. I like to use my hands for this...it's the easiest way to get everything incorporated. Form into whatever size meatballs you prefer - Just remember, the bigger the meatball, the longer they will take to cook - and place in a shallow baking dish; do not crowd.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan, over medium low, heat the marinara sauce.

Place meatballs in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. You can under cook them just a bit because they will continue to cook in the sauce. Remove from oven and add to saucepan with sauce in it. Let them simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

Place the cooked meatballs and however much sauce you would like on the sub rolls. Cover with mozzarella cheese....and devour!!


Simple Sauce:
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
15-20 leaves of fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

In a large saucepan or deep skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic. Let the garlic saute for 1-2 minutes (make sure it does not burn). Add the crushed tomatoes and stir. Season with salt, pepper, sugar, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Add the basil and simmer another 5 minutes. Now it's ready for the meatballs or even your favorite pasta!!

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