Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Yum Factor: TBA
One of my favorite comfort foods.
8 oz. lean ground beef
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 Tbs. milk
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 lg. egg white
4 oz. bulk Italian sausage
1 sm. onion, chopped
1/3 cup green pepper, chopped
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup stewed Italian tomatoes, undrained and cut-up
1 tsp. each dried basil and oregano
1/8 tsp. each of salt and black pepper
4 white French or Italian rolls, approx. 7-inches long
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
1. To prepare the meatballs, in a medium-sized bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and egg white (never separate an egg white click HERE for a how-to). Form mixture into 16 meatballs. Mama Mia!
2. Coat a 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray, or just melt a Tbs. of butter as you heat skillet. Heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Remove the meatballs. Drain off fat.
3. To prepare the sauce, in the same skillet, combine the sausage, onion, and green pepper. Cook over medium heat until sausage is cooked through. Drain off fat. Stir in the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, basil, oregano, 1/8 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. black pepper. Return the meatballs to skillet.
4. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes more or until the meatballs are no longer pink on the inside and the sausage mixture is thickened, stirring occasionally.
5. Preheat the broiler. With a serrated knife, cut a thin slice from the top of the of each roll and discard. Hollow out the rolls, I think of this stage as making roll canoes. Spoon the meatballs and sausage mixture into the rolls. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Broil the sandwiches 4 inches from the heat for 1 minute or until cheese melts. Be very vigilant while broiling, it is very easy to burn your heavenly meatball sandwich creations at this stage, which can lead to tears.
When you hollow out the rolls, making groovy little roll canoes, instead of discarding the leftover bread use it to make homemade bread crumbs. Or if you are not that inspired feed them to the birds in your backyard.