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You know, you’d think that by now I’d be pretty proficient in the kitchen.  I mean, I am making something  in there every single day of the week.  But guess what?  I just can’t seem to toast bread lately.


See those poor buns on my sandwich there?  Yeah, a little bit over-toasted.  The sad thing is that this was my third try, and this was the best of the 3.  And I was running out of buns.  I just couldn’t get it right.

So it just goes to show that just because you spend a lot of time in the kitchen doesn’t mean that you can do everything perfectly!


But guess what?  It didn’t even matter that these sandwiches were a little on the toasty side.  They got dunked into a bowl of deliciousness, and all was forgotten.  Really – meatballs, onions, cheese.  Dunked into a delicious au jus.  This is my idea of a perfect dinner!!


Saucy Onion Meatball Dip Subs
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 sub buns
  • 1½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs except the ground turkey and the olive oil. Crumble in the turkey, then mix together. With wet hands, shape the mixture into 1½-inch balls. (I got 30 of them.) Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, and brown the meatballs in batchtes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, saute the onions until tender. Add the garlic and thyme, cook for 1 minute. Stir in the flour, cook for 1 minute, then gradually whisk in the beef and chicken broths. Stir in the salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, then cook for another 2 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  3. Add the meatballs and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until meatballs are no longer pink.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the buns in half lengthwise, leaving one side attached. Place the buns - cut side up - on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook until toasted.
  5. Top the buns with meatballs and some of the onions from the sauce. Top with Monterey Jack cheese. Broil another couple minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with the remaining sauce, for dipping.
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  7. slightly adapted from Taste of Home Februray/March 2012

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24 Responses to Saucy Onion Meatball Dip Subs

  1. Yummy! So much flavor and I love the idea of doing a dip with a meatball sub..

  2. I am drooling while looking at this dish! These look SO good!!! Awesome recipe.

  3. What a fun recipe!! My family would love these!!

  4. I’ve had that same problem! Especially when it comes to broiling – agh! Looks fantastic though.

  5. Bev Weidner says:

    THIS. THIS THIS THIS is so made for me. Wait, you made these for me, right? PLEASE SAY YES.

  6. toasting buns are hard! i always seem to burn them too 🙂 but that doesn’t matter cause these meatballs will take your mind right off the burned buns and into a world of meaty goodness!!

  7. Kristy says:

    Now this would be my husband’s idea of a perfect dinner too. And I have the same issues toasting bread! 🙂

  8. Lauren B. says:

    Yum! My husband would love this!!

  9. These look great–extra toasty-ness and all!

  10. Cassie says:

    What a flavor combo, Deborah! I will be trying these very soon, my husband will love them!

  11. Rosa says:

    Scrumptious subs! Love this.



  12. Laura says:

    These sounds absolutely delicious.

  13. Did you just say “Saucy Onion Meatball Dip Sub?” I’m not sure I can fully process this. You have literally blown my mind. Okay, not that I’ve recovered let me tell you I can completely relate to suddenly not being able to toast bread. This happens to me a couple of times a year. I call it Bad Kitchen Karma and chalk it up to gossiping to much in high school. You’ll get your groove back. Actually you already did and then some with this. I still can’t get over it!

  14. Joanne says:

    I don’t even EAT meatballs and I’m craving this! And burnt buns happen to all of us. There are some days where I can’t scramble an egg to save my life. It happens.

  15. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    These are amazing! I love the sauce. This takes the meatball sub to another level. I am going to score major brownie points with my husband when I make this; he’ll love it!

  16. These look fantastic! I love meatball sandwiches but I can only handle so much marinara sauce – this is the perfect way to change things up!

  17. Definitely a perfect dinner. I love that it’s such a fun twist on a traditional meatball sub. And there’s nothing wrong with overly toasted bread!

  18. Jeannie says:

    I made these for dinner last night. They were SOOOOOO awesome!
    They are easy to make and the flavors are perfect. LOVE the onions and the sauce for dipping. Will definitely add this to my regular dinner selections. Thanks for sharing !

  19. Monet says:

    Oh my delicious! I’m sitting down to a bowl of quinoa and veggies for lunch (and secretly wishing I could have one of these!) Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good food and fun.

  20. Oh, man! My husband would love these. I’m bookmarking it for later. 🙂

  21. grace says:

    this should be a rachael ray recipe since you burnt the buns. 🙂

  22. i’m loving meatballs lately–bookmarking this!

  23. Now if this isn’t comfort food I don’t know what is! I love the onion topping! 🙂

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