Thursday, May 2, 2013

Meatball Sub

At my house, it never seems like we're home for dinner since we both work second shift, and that means, no time to make yummy dinners.  We eat a ton of left overs and we make due with what's in the fridge from the nights we were home to make dinner.  Problem is, there is never enough and we end up having to make "dinner" during the day before we leave for work and it's usually rushed. So here is a fast dinner you can make at home.  Took me just over twenty minutes from start to finish!

Meatball Sub
Time: 20 mins
Diffc: Easy Peasy

2.25 lbs ground beef 80/20 - Use how ever much you have, this does not have to be perfect to taste yummy.
1/4 C bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 C parmesan cheese
fresh grated parmesan cheese for topping
half a bottle of marinara sauce - use more or less depending on how much sauce you want
seasonings to taste: I used salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder & parsley

1. Make sure you defrost your beef ahead of time to make this as quick as possible.  With your hands mix beef, bread crumbs, egg and seasonings to your taste. Make sure you mix just enough to get everything incorporated but don't overmix or you'll have tough meatballs.
2. Heat a large pan to med/high.  Roll your meatballs gently; slightly smaller than a golf ball. They will shrink a little and you want to make sure they fit on your bread.  Since I'm choosing a smaller piece of bread, I want mine smaller.  If you choose a bigger piece, like a hotdog bun, make slightly bigger ones.
3. Put your balls in the pan and cook with the top on to keep the moisture in.  Once they are slightly browned on one side 2-3 mins, flip and continue cooking.  Drain the extra juice/fat.
4. To the cooked meatballs add your parmesan cheese and marinara sauce.  Turn heat down to low and simmer for 5-6 mins.
5. Toast some bread and top with meatballs.  Add some grated parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

This made 37 small meatballs, I put three on each sammy and I would say for me,  
a good dinner would be two sandwiches and a small side to be satisfied.

Seriously though, this was delicious.  
I ate a couple of extra meatballs when I was putting the leftovers away.

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