Le 20 avril 2015, 05:17 dans Humeurs • 0
Sit down Subway, me and my meatball sub are here to take over. A sub inspired sandwich that’ll guarantee you a meaty mouthgasm in every bite. My simple yet flavorful tomato sauce atop toasty fresh buns, smashed herbed meatballs, and melty mild Provolone cheese. Are you ready for this?
The trick to the most insane meatball sandwich is smashing the meatballs to ensure a taste in every bite. Before we get there, let’s talk about these meatballs
These meatballs are a mental recipe adapted from a Saturday morning Food Network binge with my little touch. Flavorful ground chuck mixed with garlic, beaten eggs, fresh herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, an array of seasonings, and a homemade breadcrumb.
Once you’ve used this trick once there is no going back. I take a loaf of French bread, cut a quarter of it off, and throw it in the oven for a couple minutes to get it nice and toasty. I then pulverize it in the food processor to create tiny bread crumbs. It doesn’t stop there though. Before mixing the meat, I add a cup of milk to the crumbs and let that chill out for a second.
The addition of the milk-soaked breadcrumbs takes these meatballs from a 9 to a 10.
The ground chuck is fatty and flavorful on it’s own, so the extra yums we added are bonus. The breadcrumb helps aid in moisture, giving each bite a delicate texture. After being shaped, some bread crumbs will break through the surface and after baked, those crumbs get all crispy and beautiful. Mhm. Before I go on with the meatballs, I have to mention the tomato sauce.
Tomato sauce should never be a long list of ingredients, therefore I keep mine relatively simple. Here all I did was saute a chopped onion and minced garlic seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Always season your sauces from start to finish! I then add two tablespoons of tomato paste and allow that to cook out for a few minutes. Similar to flour, tomato paste has a raw flavor that’ll dilute once cooked out. To that I add a big ol’ can of the most delicious San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes. Gosh I love those things.
I mash that up a bit, throw in some fresh basil, and allow it to simmer for a while. After about 25 minutes on the heat, it’ll become thick and delicious. Just add a little water to thin it up and maybe a dash of olive oil. There’s nothing like this sauce I promise you. I like to start the sauce as soon as the meatballs go in, because 25 minutes at 400 is what it’ll take for these to come out crispy and golden.
Crispy and golden is an understatement. Once your meatballs and sauce are finished – it’s time to get dirty.