What says comfort food more than homemade meatballs sandwiches blanketed in gooey Mozzarella cheese!
I finally came up with a meatball mixture that I like. I'm not a snob about most foods but when it comes to meatballs, I am. It seems that most are either too soft or I just don't like the taste of them.
There's nothing fancy in these meatballs but the combination of flavors make them taste really good.
1 1/2 lbs lean hamburger - next time I will try a
hamburger/pork/veal mix for even more flavor
1 C. plain bread crumbs
3 tsp. Italian seasonings
2/3 C. shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese (don't use the stuff in the can!)
2 tsp. onion powder
1 - 2 tsp. hot pepper flakes
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape into meatballs a little larger than a golf ball.
Add meatballs to a large frying pan to which you've added a little 0live oil. Brown meatballs on all sides. Remove from pan once meatballs are browned all over - they will not be cooked in the middle at this time.
Drain any remaining grease from the pan. Add sauce (either your own recipe or jarred) to fill pan 1/2 full. Carefully drop the meatballs into the sauce and stir to cover with the sauce. Cook sauce and meatballs for 20 - 30 minutes on medium/low heat until the meatballs have finished cooking.
For sandwiches you will need:
meatballs and sauce
1/2 lb. Mozzarella cheese slices
semi hard rolls
Halfway split open hard rolls, making sure to not cut through the bottoms.
Fill rolls with 2-3 meatballs and a little sauce. Cover with cheese.
Lay rolls on a baking sheet. Put tray under broiler to melt cheese.
The end result is so delicious!