Meatball Subs

Meatball Subs with Fresh Rolls


We picked up some bulk italian sausage and ground beef at the butcher the other day. Our intention was to make lasagna, but that didn't quite work out.


It needs to be used today, so meatball subs sounded like a winner.  Let's start with the hoagie rolls.  I bought some at the store, but since we've been doing the "fresh food" kick having rolls from the store seemed a let down.





 Soft Hoagie Rolls


Serves: 18

2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast

3 cups water, divided (110-115 degrees)

2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1/4 cup vegetable oil1 tablespoon salt

8 -8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water add 1 T. sugar and then let stand about 5 minutes.

Add remaining water and sugar. Beat in oil, salt and 4 cups flour until smooth. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic for about 6-8 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl turning once to grease the top.

Cover and let rise 45 minutes.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured board, divide into 18 pieces.

Shape into an oval.

Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheets.

With scissors cut a 1/4-inch slash across the top of each.

Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

Bake at 400° for 13-18 minutes until golden brown.

Remove to wire racks to cool.





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The Sauce


2 TBS Fresh Parsley

1/4 Cup  Minced Garlic

3/4 TS Salt

3/4 Fresh Ground Pepper

3 TBS Olive OilIMAG0353

2 Cups Chopped Onion

1 TSP Crushed Red Pepper

3/4 Cup Red Dry Wine

28 oz Can Tomato Puree

28  oz Can Crushed Tomatoes


In the skillet heat the olive oil and sautee' the onions and garlic until translucent. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat  and simmer until the sauce is reduced by slightly more than one-half.  This should take about 45 minutes.



The Meatballs


2 lbs Ground Beef

1 lb  Sweet Italian Sausage (no casing)

Salt & Pepper

Dash or two Garlic Powder

Handful of Bread Crumbs


IMAG0354Mix the ingredients together well and roll into balls.  Place some olive oil in your iron skillet and heat it until it's shiny, then put the meatballs in until browned well on all sides.  Remove excess grease from the pan and ladle your sauce into the skillet and simmer for 30-45 minutes.




The Sub


Take the bread from above (it turned out fantastic by the way) slice it lengthwise, put 3 meatballs (or more if you want), smother it with Parmesan and Mozzerella Cheese, then pop the whole thing into a hot oven until the cheese is bubbling.  Enjoy!