Homemade pork and beef meatballs are served on sandwich rolls and covered in marinara and melted cheese for a filling, comforting sandwich.
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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- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place the bread in a small bowl and pour the milk over it to soak. Let it sit for a few minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place the meatballs into a casserole dish and place in the preheated oven. Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
- Change the oven to broil.
- Heat the marinara in a small pan over medium heat.
- 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.)
- Serve warm.