Tender juicy meatballs simmered in oregano butter and marinara sauce stuffed into an oregano butter hoagie roll topped with mozzarella & parmesan and broiled to perfection! Is there anything better than hot messy meatball subs on game day!
Football season is back and you no were going to be posting some of our favorite things to eat on game day! Guys this is the ultimate meatball sub sandwich perfect for serving a small crowd and easy enough to make that you won’t miss out on the action.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE MEATBALLS!
Classic Italian meatballs that are perfectly seasoned and not overmixed. Yes it’s that simple. Simple ingredients done right! We used a mixture of lean ground beef and Italian sausage. Lean ground beef because we pan seared our meatballs in oregano butter so the fat from the butter and ground sausage mixture was plenty enough to keep the meatballs juicy. Too much fat will make the meatballs greasy and can be hard to eat and digest. If you don’t plan on searing the meatballs in butter I would used an 80/20 blend of ground beef. To the meatballs we added Italian parsley, a small amount of finely chopped onions, garlic, Italian breadcrumbs with seasoning and an egg.
SEAR IN OREGANO BUTTER
The perfect meatball needs to be browned on all sides. Sear the meatballs in oregano butter until all sides are browned. Keep adding the butter to the pan and coat the meatballs, this will ensure all the flavor from the butter seeps into the meatballs.
SIMMER IN SAUCE
Simmer the meatballs in your marinara sauce for about 30 minutes. We used a blend of two different store bought sauces. One was an Arrabbiata sauce and the other an Italian marinara sauce. The Arrabbiata sauce is a spicy version of a marinara and had chillies in the sauce which add a nice hint of spice to the sauce and the Italian marinara typically has a sweeter profile with basil, sweet onions and garlic. This is a great trick to ensure your sauce isn’t bland and lacking flavor. To a pan add the sauces and meatballs plus add some oregano butter and fresh oregano and let cook for 30 minutes.
ASSEMBLE YOUR SUBS!
I like to remove a bit of the bread inside the hoagie under the top half. It helps the meatballs sit better in the hoagie and for diet reasons we just like to limit the amount of bread we consume. Brush the inside of your hoagies with melted oregano butter, add the meatballs and top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and broil until the cheese has melted and starts to blister. Finish the subs with chopped basil and you’re ready to serve!
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