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Homemade pork and beef meatballs are served on sandwich rolls and covered in marinara and melted cheese for a filling, comforting sandwich.

Meatball Sandwiches on Taste and Tell

Photo and Recipe Updated October 2013

Originally posted December 12, 2007 – With the big football game coming up just one week from now, I thought I’d re-share a sandwich that I think would be perfect for eating while watching football. It’s hearty and filling, and would be a crowd pleaser, too!!

I have a fear that I am becoming a bit of a food snob. Let me change that – I think I am becoming more picky about my food. (I don’t ever want to be a real food snob!!) And I think blogging has changed me. It has definitely changed the way I look at food and what I choose to cook and what ingredients I use. I still think I am a down home cook – I prefer comfort to fancy schmancy. But earlier this week, my husband and I took a trip to Las Vegas. We didn’t have any definite plans of where we wanted to eat.

The first night, we had a show to go to (Celine Dion!!) at 8:30, and we had just driven down that day, so we stuck with a restaurant in our hotel. We stayed at Planet Hollywood (formerly the Alladin) and decided to try their steak house – called Strip House. It just opened in September, but we were able to get in without reservations. We each ordered a rib eye steak, and I ordered a baked potato and he ordered black truffle creamed spinach. The steaks were amazing. My husband said that it was the best steak he has ever had, and that is saying a lot because we eat steaks quite often. The potato was just a potato, but his spinach was amazingly good. We had good service, good food – a great experience.

The next morning, we went over the the Paris casino. I have never tried a macaron before, and had heard that there was a bakery there that sometimes has them. Well, they didn’t have them, but we shared a few pastries for breakfast and they were all very good.

For lunch, one of the employees in the hall at the hotel said that the hotel’s cafe was very good, so we ate there. We shared some Kobe beef sliders to start and then each ordered a salad. Again – great service and great food. That night we ordered room service, and although the man who delivered the food was really nice and friendly, the food was just so-so.

We saved up our appetite for lunch the next day because everyone says that you have to go to a buffet while you are in Vegas. I have always heard good things about the buffet at the Bellagio, so we walked over. It was – by far – the worst food that we ate the whole trip. In fact, each of us have sworn off buffets for the rest of our lives, unless it is a breakfast buffet. It was that bad. The desserts were decent, but everything else was either overcooked or just tasted badly.

So this is why I wonder if I am becoming a food snob – am I “too good” to enjoy what so many people call a great buffet?? Maybe we were just there on an off day, maybe it’s because we’d enjoyed such great food up to that point – but I’d like to say that I am just a smart eater now.

So what does the meatball sandwich have to do with food snobbery?? Not a whole lot, except this is a recipe that is sure to please the pickiest of eaters. The meatball recipe is modified slightly from one of the meatball recipes in The Joy of Cooking. We turned the wonderful meatballs into a filling, delicious dinner by adding cheese and your favorite marinara sauce, and putting it all on hoagie roll. Now that’s good, down home food…

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Meatball Sandwiches
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Homemade pork and beef meatballs are served on sandwich rolls and covered in marinara and melted cheese for a filling, comforting sandwich.
Serves: 6 sandwiches
  • 1 slice bread
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 clove finely diced garlic
  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ cups marinara
  • 6 sandwich rolls or baguettes
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Place the bread in a small bowl and pour the milk over it to soak. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place the ground beef and Italian sausage in a large bowl. Wring the milk from the bread as much as possible and add the bread to the meat. Add in the cooked onion and garlic, eggs, Parmesan, oregano, parsley, salt and paprika. Gently combine all of the ingredients (this is easiest using your hands) and form into 20 1-inch meatballs.
  5. Place the meatballs into a casserole dish and place in the preheated oven. Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  6. Change the oven to broil.
  7. Heat the marinara in a small pan over medium heat.
  8. Open each sandwich roll, and place 3-4 meatballs on each. Cover with warmed marinara, then top with cheese. Place under the broiler and cook until the cheese has melted. (Keep a close eye on them - the cheese should melt quickly.)
  9. Serve warm.
Meatball recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking
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23 Responses to Meatball Sandwiches

  1. Maryann says:

    I’ll take that meatball sub over most foods anytime!

  2. Cate says:

    OK, now that my mouth is seriously watering…

  3. Meeta says:

    Teaser!!!!!! I had a plate of salad for dinner – aaarghhh! Drooooling over this!

  4. Emiline says:

    Sounds like you had a good time, with lots of food.
    Kobe beef sliders sound excellent.
    I’ve been wanting to make some macarons, but the recipes sound really hard.

    That buffet sounds sucky. It’s probably like that all of the time.

  5. Mary says:

    I think that buffets in general are icky. My husband, who prefers fast food of the Wendy’s variety, doesn’t like buffets. So I hardly think it’s food snobbery, it’s just good sense.

    That meatball sub looks REALLY good right now!

  6. Kristen says:

    Oh my gosh… this looks messy and good!

    I have yet to have a fab buffet in Vegas except at Mandalay Bay. They had a fantastic champagne brunch buffet!

    I love Vegas though… I’d eat so so food just to be there 🙂

  7. Marc says:

    Twenty years ago and further back was when the Vegas buffets were good…and cheap. Since that time, the number and quality of them have dwindled to almost nothing. It’s amazing how different a steak tastes depending on where you are in the country or where the restaurants are obtaining their beef from. I grew up in Kansas but live in New York now. There is no comparison to grass-fed Kansas or Colorado beef, and many chefs are demanding it because there is a distinct difference in the flavor and tenderness. Fortunately, there is a place about an hour’s drive from us in Connecticut that sells Kansas beef and we go there to stock up.

  8. Kevin says:

    Nice looking meatball sub. The Kobe beef sliders sound interesting.

  9. Kelly-Jane says:

    That’s a great shot of your meatballs =)

    Don’t worry about becoming more picky about your food, when you cook a lot of gorgeous things at home (as you do), you just expect good things when you’re out too!


  10. Dhanggit says:

    sometimes i feel myself on the same situation.;of being a “real critic and picky”..i guess this is the reason why we go to restaurant less and less.;we always find something to complain about the food prepared..without a doubt that meatball sandwiches is a sure homerun recipe!!!

  11. Bellini Valli says:

    This meatball sandwich would certainly be a hearty meal!!!! I tend to Google restaurants and reviews before I go anywhere. I hate to have bad food since I remember vacations by what was on my table!!I also ask the locals if I can. But I can’t always win!

  12. Ann says:

    Wow! That is one hellasandwich! Awesome!

  13. glamah16 says:

    Nothing beats comfort food like a meatball sub. As for buffets , having worked and work at times in the industry, it can get get quite gross.No matter how attentive the attendants , it conjels, people hover over it and touch it, and breath on it, it dries out and gets over cooked. Breafast are cool because the good stuff is made to order.

  14. Tracy says:

    I don’t think you’re becoming a food snob. I think the trouble is that the better a cook one becomes, the higher standard one has for restaurants.

    By the way, don’t look now but you have a spammer posted on this thread – the dude posting about ordering food online.

  15. Miss Scarlett says:

    Oh my word – I HEART meatball sandwiches. Ironically, my favorite one of all time was the one they served back at the college dining common. It was SO good. I may have to try yours:) I just don’t order them b/c they are not exactly good for you, but if I make it myself I have more room to make it my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Meatball subs are my FAVE, and that melty cheese is calling my name! Such perfect game day food, looks delicious!!

  17. Mmmm … look at all that cheese!

  18. Emily says:

    I’ll take one for lunch, please. 🙂

  19. Chels R. says:

    WOW! I’m so wishing I could of ate this instead of the chicken noodle soup I ate at lunch because I’m sick. 🙁

  20. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I am always up for a meatball sandwich 🙂 this looks perfect!!

  21. Tasha says:

    Can this be made just with ground beef and no pork?

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