Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Easy Meatball Subs

I've been trying to break out of a dinner rut lately - we got trapped in the spaghetti, tacos, pizza, chicken something loop for a bit.  We needed something quick since everyone needed to be somewhere, so I made up a batch of super simple meatballs for subs.  We had baked potato wedges and green beans on the side.

Easy Meatballs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/3 c. Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt!)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Gently combine all ingredients in a bowl with your hands (don't squeeze a ton and overwork, or the meatballs will be tough).  Form meatballs with a light touch, and put them on the baking sheet as you go.  I didn't measure them, but I made about 30 meatballs.  Bake about 15-20 minutes until cooked through.  

You can freeze them at this point - right on the sheet, and then throw them in a freezer bag when they're frozen solid - or you can throw them in sauce for dinner!  Serve over spaghetti with sauce, on rolls for meatball subs, on little dinner rolls for sliders, etc.  Double the recipe and make some for dinner tonight, and throw the rest in the freezer for another time.

For Meatball Subs:

1 recipe Easy Meatballs
1 jar of your favorite meatless pasta sauce (I used a tomato & basil sauce)
4-6 sub rolls
4-6 slices Provolone cheese

I simmered them in some jarred sauce until dinner time.  I did it on the stove, but you can throw them in a slow cooker on low, too.  I've tossed frozen meatballs right into the slow cooker and let them go all day on low, and they're fall apart tender by dinner time.  I sliced some provolone cheese, sliced some rolls, and then put the cheese slices inside.  I used small rolls, so I put in about 3 meatballs each, and spooned some sauce over them.  You could also shred the cheese and broil it on top of the sandwiches, but we were in a hurry, so I didn't get too fancy.