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Best Sub Sandwich Meatballs

Updated on December 3, 2014

So you think you've had good meatballs?

Well, possibly you have and possibly you were just under the impression you had but you really were being fooled all this time. It's been known to happen in the world of meatballs. They are very tricky bits of meat (and other secret things) that love to play jokes on people, especially after you've eaten three or four and then about two hours later you're positive you ate twenty.

I'm not even Italian and I adore meatballs. I grew up eating meatball sandwiches called "Stuffers." Instead of slicing the hard hoagy roll in half lengthwise, it was cut in half and the center hollowed out, then the meatballs were stuffed inside and then they were heated so the cheese was melted. I never realized how much I missed them until the place that made them shut down.

It's wonderful memories like these that keep me on the prowl for terrific recipes though. Good food today isn't what it was once, which isn't good or bad, it just is, but if we want to keep good cooking to our liking it takes work. I certainly wouldn't want to go back to eating food from the middle ages but some of the basics come from that time. Honest cooking and interchangeable ingredients keep it lively though and that makes it fun for everyone. In honor of National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder day, I'm sharing my favorite meatball recipe! It also fits in with the fact that October is National Pork Month!

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You won't make it without
sampling at least one before you're done!

Ingredients
Ingredients

This is what you're going to need!

Serving Size

Serves: 24-30 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 - 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 - 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 leek or onion finely minced
  • 1 cup flour for dusting
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. 1. In large bowl, mix together pork, ricotta cheese, Parmesan (or Romano or both), eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, & marjoram.
  2. 2. In a sauté pan, heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil and sauté leeks and garlic until limp and garlic is browned. Remove from heat and add milk. Slowly heat and add bread crumbs until you have a thick paste. Mix into the bowl of pork.
  3. 3. Last add in the ground beef (if you add it first it's harder to mix together).
  4. 4. Place a piece of parchment paper down or a cookie sheet to keep the meatballs in before you cook them. Then place 3/4 cup of flour into a shallow bowl or flat dish.
  5. 5. Grab a tablespoon and scoop mounds into your hands. Roll loosely into round balls between your hands (if you press too hard they will be dense and weigh heavy in your stomach). Then roll it lightly in flour and set on paper or cookie sheet until all are formed.
  6. 6. Once finished forming the meatballs, heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When browned on one side turn them to the other side and then to the edges.
  7. 7. If any pink shows in the middle, place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and cook in a 425º oven for an additional 5 - 10 minutes. No one wants to eat pink pork!
Cast your vote for Ricotta Meatballs

Serving Options!

  1. Meatball Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder
  2. Spaghetti & Meatballs (or any pasta)
  3. All alone with or without sauce
  4. Smaller sized as an appetizer

Adventures in Meatballs!

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The first set of ingredients ready to mix!Sauteed leeks and garlic with milk added.Breadcrumbs added and smoothed into a thick paste to be added to the pork mixture.Last the beef is added.End mixture ready to be made into meatballs!Meatballs rolled and floured (28 tottal!)First batch into the skillet!Turned and lined along the edge to cook the sides!Out of the skillet, out of the oven and cooled off!Making a meatball sandwich...one meatball...two meatballs...three meatballs...sauce...more Parmesan cheese...a few spinach leaves and ready to eat!!!!!
The first set of ingredients ready to mix!
The first set of ingredients ready to mix!
Sauteed leeks and garlic with milk added.
Sauteed leeks and garlic with milk added.
Breadcrumbs added and smoothed into a thick paste to be added to the pork mixture.
Breadcrumbs added and smoothed into a thick paste to be added to the pork mixture.
Last the beef is added.
Last the beef is added.
End mixture ready to be made into meatballs!
End mixture ready to be made into meatballs!
Meatballs rolled and floured (28 tottal!)
Meatballs rolled and floured (28 tottal!)
First batch into the skillet!
First batch into the skillet!
Turned and lined along the edge to cook the sides!
Turned and lined along the edge to cook the sides!
Out of the skillet, out of the oven and cooled off!
Out of the skillet, out of the oven and cooled off!
Making a meatball sandwich...one meatball...
Making a meatball sandwich...one meatball...
two meatballs...
two meatballs...
three meatballs...
three meatballs...
sauce...
sauce...
more Parmesan cheese...
more Parmesan cheese...
a few spinach leaves and ready to eat!!!!!
a few spinach leaves and ready to eat!!!!!

What's your favorite way to enjoy meatballs?

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A few things to help in your meatball making!

Please let me know what you think and if you try them! I'd love to know your thoughts!

Ready to try the yummiest meatballs ever? - On a submarine sandwich even?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      This looks like a great recipe, I love meatball subs. There is a shop where we used to live that makes a meatball sub as you described. They would take a 1/3 of loaf of Italian bread and hollow it out, then stuff the meatballs sauce and cheese inside and the place the bread that they pulled out back on top. OH those were great!!!! Thanks for reminding me.....

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      OH my gosh yum! Meatballs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh my, these looks so Yummy (notice the capital Y LOL)

      Good luck on the October Food Club Quest