Meatball Sub Sandwich

The Best Meatballs and Sub Sandwich

Here’s a two for one recipe. Actually, it’s a 3 in 1 recipe, technically but who’s counting. You’re getting an amazing Meatball recipe, a fantastic Garlic and Greens Butter Spread recipe and a sub recipe that is out of this world delicious. I’m even going to plug my Spaghetti Sauce and Pizza Sauce recipes as a Marinara option, as well.

1.5 lbs of raw hamburger and 5 regular Bratwurst sausage’s (1 lbs).

Beef and Pork

The most important ingredients for a great meatball starts with the meat and, in my opinion, beef just isn’t enough. To really trick up the flavor you’ve got to add pork or pork sausage. In this case, I’m adding regular Bratwurst Sausage’s. Another good combination is the addition of veal. Ground beef, pork and veal make great meatballs, if you don’t want to use sausage. For this recipe, however, I like the Brat’s because of the additional ingredients put in that make the flavor of the sausage so unique in flavor, especially when it’s mixed in with beef to make meatballs.

2 dozen 1 1/2 inch raw meatballs in 2 cupcake tins, ready for the oven.

Baked or Pan Fried

Meatballs can be cooked several different ways. The easiest, in my opinion, is baking them. I love a good pan fried meatball, don’t get me wrong, but when you’re preparing several other foods or filming at the same time, it’s a lot easier to just throw them in the oven and let them do their thing. I like to use these mini cup cake tins because the catch the grease and they fit a 1 1/2″ inch meatball, perfectly. I bake for 15-20 minutes at 400° F.

Garlic and Green’s Butter Spread for the sub rolls.
Grilled Bread for the Sub Rolls

You have to grill the bread when you’re making a Meatball Sub. You just have to. If you don’t, the sauce will take over the bread and turn it into a sloppy mess. Maybe that’s your thing, though. Just maybe, that’s the way you like it and you can just skip grilling altogether. Either way, I wouldn’t advise that you go with out this lovely Garlic and Green’s butter spread. It is divine and, because I do prefer my buns grilled, I spread this butter over both sides of the inside of fresh sub roll and lay it down flat on a hot skillet for a few minutes or until it fully toasts the spread. Then I fill it up with goods, minus the sauce (don’t add the sauce until the end).

2 dozen cooked Meatballs, still in their cupcake tins, after baking.
Almost 2 dozen meatballs mixed in a pot of Spaghetti Sauce.
Marinara, Spaghetti or Pizza Sauce

Of course, it’s entirely up to you which sauce you use and how much effort you want to put into making a Meatball Sub. Maybe it’s just me but I think the flavor of the sauce get’s bolder in the title order; Marinara, Spaghetti Sauce then Pizza Sauce. I have 2 Spaghetti Sauce recipes and a good Pizza Sauce recipe, if you you’re interested in making it from scratch. Personally, and for the sake of ease, I prefer just going with a jar of Prego and if you’ve got a problem with that then choose something else. All I recommend, if you choose a store bought sauce, is that you stay away from Ragu, yuck!

Meatball Sub Sandwich video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.

Meatballs Ingredients: Makes 30 1 1/2″ Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs Hamburger
1 lbs Original Bratwurst, 5 sausages
13 Ritz Crackers
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Mexican Oregano
1 tsp Goya Adobo all purpose seasoning
2 eggs

1 Pinch of Kosher Salt and Pepper, optional

Oven 400° Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes.

Meatball Sub Ingredients:

6 to 8 Sub Rolls
24 oz Spaghetti Sauce
6 to 8 slices Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated

Garlic and Green’s Spread
2 to 4 Green Onion
6 Basil Leaves
Hand full Fresh Spinach Leaves
2 Garlic Cloves
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 cube Butter, 1/2 cup
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Parmesan, fresh grated
1 pinch Kosher Salt and Pepper

Be sure to watch the video tutorial and I’ll show you how to make these incredible Meatballs and these Meatball Sub Sandwich’s.

Fried Mozzarella

Four Fried Mozzarella patties, plated with a ramekin of pizza sauce.

The BEST Fried Mozzarella

Everyone claims to have the “best” recipe for what ever they’re advertising but I’m telling you right now that nobody makes they’re Fried Mozzarella like this because they’re not using the right cheese. And, once I show you what I’m talking about, you’ll be convinced that I’m right and that this is, without a doubt, the best Fried Cheese.

Layered pieces of Low Moisture Mozzarella cheese laid down like dominoes on a plate.

The Perfect Cheese

I have memories of ordering Cheese sticks at Denny’s after the local bars would send us home for the night. I thought that they were amazing but, the truth was, I was just drunk because those Mozzarella sticks were crap as soon as they went cold. The batter sucked and the cheese got hard and rubber. Well, no more I say.

The secret to my Fried Mozzarella is Low Moisture Mozzarella. You’ve probably seen it at your grocery store or even had it melted on a Margherita Pizza. I serve it up sometimes with Cured meats like Prosciutto and Dry Copa or Genoa, sliced fruit and crackers. It’s a little bit saltier than regular Mozzarella, so there’s more flavor, and it’s got a lot more elasticity to it when it’s melted, because of the low moisture content; which is generally about 45 to 52% compared to the regular, as high as 60%.

A plate of breaded and battered Mozzarella ready for the to be fried.

Fried Cheese Breading and Batter

In this recipe, I don’t use a batter to coat the Mozzarella Cheese before frying. Instead, I use a basic seasoned flour, egg wash and seasoned bread crumbs breading or, in this case, Panko.

In the video tutorial, I instruct you to add a double layer of this coating. This is very important because it will create a wall around the cheese, as it melts in the frying oil, and it will prevent the melted cheese from leaking out into the pan or fryer which, in turn, creates a huge mess.

I fry these in hot oil, for just a few minutes, until they turn golden brown, let them cool on paper towels and serve with Pizza Sauce.

Fried Mozzarella video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.
Fried Mozzarella Ingredients: Makes 12

1 pckg Mozzarella, low moisture
1/4 cup Flour, all purpose
1/4 tsp, Old Bay
4 eggs, for egg wash
1/4 cup Water, for egg wash
1 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs, Seasoned
1 cup Vegetable Oil, for frying

Fry for 2 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.

Follow the instructions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make the best Fried Mozzarella.

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala: 3 chicken breast cutlets with Marsala wine sauce, sautéed mushrooms and bacon.

The Best Chicken Marsala

I can’t say enough about this recipe. Braised Chicken never tasted better than with this Mushroom, Marsala and cream wine sauce. It’s very easy to make but the complexity of the sauce is derived from specific ingredients that change the flavor of the dish, if they’re not fresh and/or dried. The taste of dried Thyme or Oregano is a complete game changer if they’re not added fresh. Both still taste great, in my opinion, but change the flavor drastically, none the less. You might want to experiment with both to find where your tastes lie.

One Chicken cutlet and Mushroom and Marsal Wine Sauce served over Shell pasta.

Deepen and Enrich the Flavor

Season everything from the start. After I butterfly the chicken breast, I season with Kosher salt and pepper. I salt the sautéed mushrooms. I salt the water my pasta cooks in. I even add cooked bacon, which is salty. This may sound like a lot of salt but a little goes a long way.

I also add Spaghetti Sauce (Prego) and Lemon Juice. The tomato, from the sauce deepens the flavor and darkens the tone. Alternatives could be tomato paste or plain tomato sauce if you’d like. I’m betting that it could even be done with a squeeze of Ketchup. I add the lemon to the sauce while it’s cooking but, I find that it’s even more refreshing, adding a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, over the top of each serving, even more satisfying.

The wine I use in this dish is what gives this recipe its name, Marsala. It can be dry or sweet and most recipes call for dry Marsala wine but, I prefer mine sweet. Again, that’s just a personal preference so you decide what’s best for you.

Chicken Marsala “How to” video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.

Chicken Marsala Ingredients: Serves 2 to 3

1 Chicken Breast, Halved, Butterflied & Tenderized with a Mallet, then seasoned with Kosher Salt and Pepper and dredged in flour
1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
3 tbsp Butter, add 2 for chicken and 1 for Mushrooms
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
5 oz Mushrooms
1 cup Marsala Cooking Wine, Dry is recommended but I used Sweet and loved it!
1/2 cup Whipping Cream/Half and Half
1/3 cup Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce
1 pinch Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Green Onion, chopped (optional)

Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

This recipe can be served over your favorite pasta, rice, bread etc. and is often garnished with Scallions over the top. Just follow the instructions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this Chicken Marsala recipe.