Sunday, November 06, 2016

Sunday Suppers - Meatball Subs

New label - new recipes to try.  (this blog is nothing if not constantly evolving!)
Now that it is finally getting cooler (cough-cough - not going into the 90's and above), the kitchen friendly beckons me back in.   And the latest issue of Cook's Country October/November magazine.  And a 30-Minute Supper of Meatball Subs.

I have a meatball recipe already (Everyday Food #49), but it has ground turkey,  involves the crockpot and stove top splatter time pushing those balls around.  This one is beef, easy-peasy and is all done in the oven.

Here is the original recipe and my notations in ( ) for when I make it the next time.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef (I used Chuck and a one-pound package of Nolan Ryan Beef)
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs with Italian seasonings
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon garlic powder (may reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon since I later looked at the breadcrumb label and it had garlic already)
1 teaspoon salt (I left it out, see Italian seasonings bread crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
1 1/2 cups jarred marinara sauce (I just used the entire jar - saucy girl!)
4 thin slices deli provolone cheese (Definitely get it from the deli if you can, it was thinner.)
Package of 6" Italian sub/hoagie rolls (Sara Lee with the sesame seeds)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
Mix beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper in bowl until well combined (I learned not to over mix or pack together too tightly from my Italian friends)
Form into 12 2" meatballs (I made mine closer to 1 1/2" and was able to get 18 out of one pound of beef, leftovers to freeze - hooray!)

Place on prepared sheet and bake about 15 minutes until meat registers 160 degrees.
Remove meatballs from sheet (and place into the saucepan of sauce, which has been simmering become of timing issues.  Plus it adds additional flavor.)
Place parchment paper on baking sheet (telling yourself you will or have hubby deal with bits of meat still on the sheet during clean up - surprise!  It actually wasn't that bad)
Place rolls on sheet and lay 3 meatballs inside and top with cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted.

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