Baked Meatball Sub

turkeymeatball2So…as you all know, I don’t fry.  I bake. Tonight was the kind of night, where I’m on the way home, and Brad text me saying he’s hungry. This is weird. This is super weird. It’s hardly 5:15, at least two hours before he’s even considering dinner normally. Due to this information, I know I know have two options:

1. He wants Mac & Cheese or Spaghetti O’s.

2. If I don’t come up with something a little hearty, we’re eating some parts of #1.

Well ground turkey is sitting in front of me all thawed out (He’s having anti-chicken phase again) and last time I checked, there isn’t ground turkey in Mac & Cheese or Spaghetti O’s. Boom, ground chicken, pork, or turkey…perfect for baked meatballs. One of Brad’s go-to meals if we go to Subway is their Meatball Sub, so….Brad approved, and hearty. Dinner Win!

Growing up we NEVER had meatballs, it was not something ever on our home menu, nor anything that we would order going out. Not sure why. Somewhere along the line I’d sampled some meatballs appetizer style, and absolutely feel in love. I’ve been trying different versions and techniques ever since.

Alright, simple, hearty, and baked. Everyone wins here.

Baked Meatball Subs

yield: apprx 10 large meatballs

1 lb ground turkey

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used 1/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup ground Corn Flakes)

1 tbsp crushed red pepper

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp parsley

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp pepper

salt to taste

For the Sandwiches (2)

2 Brat Buns

4 very thin slices of Di Lusso Pepperjack Cheese

1/2 cup red sauce

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.  Combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs except for the turkey and stir together. Then add the turkey, it’s messy, but you’ll work everything in better if you use your hands from here to combine everything. I do a couple of squishes and then do a kneading technique with my fist and then rotating it in a large bowl until well combined.

3.  About 2 heaping tbsp will give you a decent medium size ball. I usually get about 10 medium ones out, but if you want smaller ones, just  half and cut your baking time in half as well.

4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake for about 21 minutes.

5. Take your brat buns and hollow out the top half of the bun, this will leave more room for the meatballs and keep your meatballs from sliding off your sandwich. Place your bun in a  shallow baking dish. Align three meatballs on the bread, top with sauce, then two slices of your cheese.

6. Place the pan with your assembled sandwiches in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.

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