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Italian Meatball Sandwich

 

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163

Yield

8

servings

Prep

30

min

Cook

2

hrs

Ready

2

hrs

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

Meatballs
1 pound ground beef, extra lean
or chuck, ground
½ pound ground pork
1 ½ cups Parmesan cheese
parmesan or romano , or a hard, well aged goat cheese, grated
2 cups bread crumbs
fine, dry
1 cup parsley leaves
dried, crushed
2 large eggs
¾ cup milk
1 x salt
*
1 x black pepper
*
1 x garlic salt
to taste
*
Sauce
1 quart tomato sauce
*
1 can tomato paste
1 pint tomatoes
crushed
*
1 x red wine
*
1 x olive oil
*
1 x salt pork
*
1 x salt
pepper, garlic salt, to taste
*
1 x basil
dry, sweet
*
1 x marjoram
dry
*
1 small onions
optional
4 Cloves garlic
minced
*

Directions

(Optional ingredients: cubed eggplant, mushrooms, fresh sweet red pepper pieces, dried crushed hot red chili, black Italian olives-chopped, green Greek olives-chopped---and anything else you can think of or want)

Prepare the sauce: Put 2 tbsp of olive oil in a heavy large pot. Cut two slices from the salt pork about ¼ inch thick each and trim off the rind (skin).

Cut up the salt pork into small pieces. Heat up the olive oil to medium-high and add the salt pork. It should just barely sizzle.

Finely chop up the onion and add it to the pot. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the minced garlic and sauté just until the garlic begins to turn golden.

At this point you can add any of the optional stuff--chop it up to small pieces and stir the mixture in the pot well.

Add one good handful of crushed dried basil, 1 medium handful of crushed dried marjoram and stir everything well. Sauté all for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the can of tomato paste.

Clean the can out with the wine and add two cans of the wine.

Stir well and add the whole tomatoes.

Salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste and let this cook for about 10 minutes until everything is mixed well and bubbly.

Add the sauce--adjust the seasonings if you like.

Reduce the heat to simmer and let cook for about 1 hour.

Prepare the meatballs:

Place all ingredients, except the milk, in a large bowl and mix well.

If the mixture seems to be very sticky add ½ cup milk and mix well again. We like very soft meatballs and the more milk you add the softer the final product will be, so you will have to decide how soft you want the meatball to be and adjust the milk. I would add all of it.

Mix well. Form a small portion of the meat mixture into a ball about 2" inch diameter. Form the rest of the meatballs in the same manner. An ice cream scoop makes them just about the right size.

You can either fry or bake the meatball (add lots of flavor) or you can broil it (removes most of grease and fate). Whichever method you use, makesure you cook them to a nice crust on the outside.

Drop the meatballs into the sauce and simmer for one more hour. Add a little water to the sauce if it seems to be real thick.

To make the sandwich - use a crusty roll--hard roll (crusty on the outside, soft on the inside)--slice in half. Cut one or two meatballs in half and put on one slice of the roll. Spoon a little sauce over all, sprinkle with some Italian cheese (parmesan or romano) add a hot roasted chili pepper or a sweet roasted pimento--put the other half of the roll on top.

Open mouth very wide and bite into sandwich. Enjoy!

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 204g (7.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 41338% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 598mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 68g
Vitamin A 25% Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 33% Iron 27%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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