Crazy Good Meatball Sub Sandwiches

March 6, 2014

These crazy good meatball subs are stick-to-your-ribs hearty and oh so delicious! They're full of herbs and spices and cooked in a scrumptious, flavorful tomato sauce. Serve these bad boys on semolina rolls and garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil or arugula. You're gonna love 'em!

Meatball Subs
Submitted to Foodista by Timeless Gourmet
Serves 4

For the meatballs:
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 lrg egg beaten
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 medium onion chopped fine
4 garlic cloves crushed, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano
Coarse salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
(2 turns around the pan)
For the sauce:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves crushed, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 can crushed tomatoes - (28 oz)
1 can chunky style crushed tomatoes - (14 oz)
Coarse salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
4 semolina crusty sub rolls
(with or without sesame seeds)10 ounces shredded provolone or Italian 4-cheese
Shredded basil (sweet) or shredded arugula (spicy) leaves for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place ground sirloin in a large mixing bowl and punch a well into the center of meat. Fill well with the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, parsley, cheese, and a little salt and pepper. Mix up meatball ingredients until well combined, yet not over-mixed. Divide mix into 4 equal parts, roll each part into 4 balls and space equally onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place meatballs in oven and roast about 12 minutes. Break a meatball open and make sure meat is cooked through before removing from the oven.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. When garlic starts sizzling, add herbs and crushed pepper. Allow oil to infuse for half a minute, then stir in the tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are removed from oven.

Combine meatballs and sauce and pile into sub rolls, 4 meatballs per sub. Top with shredded cheese and place subs under broiler to melt cheese. Top with shredded basil or arugula and serve with a pile of Oven Fries.