Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mama's Meatballs and Subs

Meatball subs are a BIG treat at our house. I only make meatballs a few times a year but when I do I always make extras to freeze for subs later.
If you’ve been following this blog at all then you know by now that I often make things that seem hard but really only take a few minutes. My goal is to feed a family of five fast, easy, healthy, and yummy meals. That being said I freeze a lot of things for later use. It’s amazing how many different meals you can make from the original one.

We annually host our extended family for Christmas Eve dinner. The meal is one that I treasure and look forward to all year. The cooking and preparation for the meal takes several days, so if I can save some for later meals I do. I come from an Italian American family so we have a LARGE pasta meal for Christmas Eve. One of the entrees is of course meatballs. I made about 6 pounds of meatballs this past Christmas. I saved approximately 30 of those meatballs for subs.

Meatball Recipe:
1 lb Ground beef
1 Egg
Salt and Pepper
Mix all ingredients and form into small bite size balls.
Place them in a large pan and broil until they are cooked through but not WELL-DONE. For sub making, I steal some at this point to freeze.
Add them to sauce and simmer all day.

Sub Recipe:
Frozen Meatballs
Frozen Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Bakery Fresh Rolls
Make sure you use fresh baked rolls. They make all the difference.
Cut the rolls lengthwise
Add thawed meatballs. I cut them in half so they don’t fall out when you take a bite.
Spread thawed tomato sauce onto the meatballs.
Top with loads of mozzarella cheese.
Broil until well toasted and cheese is melted.
These are so easy and yummy! My six-year-old even loves to take them to school the next day for lunch. What a great feeling when your son says “MOM CAN I HAVE THIS IN MY LUNCH BOX?”. I think he also likes it because the kids always ask if he got them from Subway and he likes to say “NO, my mom made it.”
These would be a nice treat for Super Bowl Sunday too!


Culinarywannabe said...

Wow - 6 pounds of meatballs!! Really cute about sending your son to school with one. I'm sure he thinks you are the greatest!

jessica said...

yummy yummy! I'm am for sure going to have to try this! I think I'll be having a few of your meals for dinner this week!

cheryl said...


This can't be on your new year's resolution menu. It looks too good.